Single-mom-of-five Teresa Ford works two jobs and homeschools her children but has managed to find the time to take on extra projects.
For instance, she’s volunteered to honor those who fell in the Vietnam War. Two years ago, Ford started working on a project called the Wall of Faces — an initiative begun by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation.
The organization is the same one that built the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C., and the group aims to have at least one photo of every person whose name is engraved on the monument.
Of the 58,318 names listed on the black granite, the photos of around 4,000 are still missing, and 381 of which are from Georgia. Ford is on a mission to find a photo for every last one of them.
She has already helped find three photos, that of two men from Rabun County and one from Muscogee County.
When trying to find a photo of Sgt. Charlie Gazaway of Cumming, who was killed in Vietnam in 1971, she was met with some obstacles.
However, after contacting the Cumming Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America she got a break and was put in touch with Sgt. Gazaway’s sister, Marsha Gazaway. She still resides in Cumming and was able to provide a photo.
Speaking to the February general membership meeting of the Cumming Vietnam Veterans group, she told of her dedication to the effort.
“We just have to make sure that every name of the Wall has a face and they are never forgotten,” she said.
She urges individuals who might know one of the fallen on the wall to check the website to see if a photo is there. If not — and if they have a photo — they can add it to the collection to honor their sacrifice. The website is www.vvmf.org/wall of faces.