Kinkos And Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Help Fallen Service Members
Press release from the issuing company
VENTURA, Calif., and WASHINGTON, Oct. 1- On October 17, 1967, Jeanne Penfold received the news that her son, Peter Allan Penfold, a Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marines Corp, had been killed while serving in the Vietnam War. The oldest of six children, he was only twenty years old. Years later, while Jeanne's memories and only two adult photos of her son still remain, she has found a way to make his memory and face last forever -- thanks to Kinko's, Inc. and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.
To help veterans, friends and family members like Jeanne Penfold honor and remember the 58,226 men and women who lost their lives in the Vietnam War or who remain missing in action, Kinko's and the Memorial Fund have joined together to create a national, non-profit campaign -- "Put a Face with a Name.''
"Put a Face with a Name'' harnesses the power of technology to help build a permanent digital photo collection of the men and women whose names are inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) through The Virtual Wall (thevirtualwall.org), the online extension of the most visited memorial in Washington, D.C.
"Unfortunately, now only two portraits of Peter, as an adult, remain. Our family pictures were burned in a fire and others lost while being sent across the country,'' said Penfold. "Thanks to Kinko's and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 'Put a Face with a Name' gives my family a chance to preserve these precious photos for generations to come.''
How to "Put a Face with a Name''
From now until November 30, anyone can visit one of the more than 1,000 Kinko's branches across the U.S. to participate in "Put a Face with a Name'' at no charge.
The program enables anyone to use Kinko's resources to post a photo remembrance to The Virtual Wall (thevirtualwall.org). Kinko's is donating free in-branch computer use, Internet access, scanning time and specially developed software, as well as providing step-by-step instructions on how to scan and upload a remembrance to The Virtual Wall. Interested participants can find the nearest Kinko's location at http://www.kinkos.com or by calling 1-800-2-KINKOS.
More than Just a Name
"The beauty of the 'Put a Face with a Name' campaign we developed with Kinko's is that it allows us to memorialize and honor those inscribed on The Wall and show that they were real people with real lives. This online memorial depicts the personal way these brave service men and women are remembered by those who love them most,'' said Jan Scruggs, founder and president of the Memorial Fund. "Whether it is a photo of a son at his high school graduation or a treasured photo of a fallen comrade, participants in this campaign will be able to preserve their loved one's spirit and memory on a permanent online archive.''
"We are proud to work with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund on this historic effort. 'Put a Face with a Name' represents a unique opportunity for Kinko's to give back to our communities in a way no one else can,'' said Scott Seay, chief of field operations for Kinko's and a member of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Corporate Council. "With more than 1,000 branches in the U.S., Kinko's has the locations, technology and tools necessary to make The Virtual Wall accessible to every American -- free of charge. We believe this non-profit campaign will reach the hearts and minds of generations of Americans who were touched either directly or indirectly by the Vietnam War.''
About The Virtual Wall
The Virtual Wall (http://www.thevirtualwall.org ) is a commemorative Web site originally created in 1998 by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and Winstar Communications, Inc. in an effort to extend the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The site allows families, friends and veterans to post photo or text remembrances to those who lost their lives in the war or remain missing in action. The site also includes an online replica of the 140 granite panels comprising The Wall as well as access to veteran profiles and the ability to print digital name rubbings.
About the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Established in 1979, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (http://www.vvmf.org ) is the non-profit organization authorized by Congress to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Today, it has developed a series of outreach programs dedicated to preserving the legacy of The Wall, to educating and to promoting healing from the effects of the Vietnam War.
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