MPTV JOINS EFFORT TO HONOR WISCONSIN VIETNAM VETERANS
November 9, 2012
MILWAUKEE, Wis., November 9, 2012 - Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is part of an initiative to honor and preserve the memory of the 1,244 Wisconsin service people who were killed or missing in action during the Vietnam War.
Jan Scruggs, founder of the National Vietnam War Memorial (The Wall) and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, has launched an effort to collect photographs of each Wisconsin service member whose name appears on the The Wall in Washington D.C. These photographs will become part of "The Wall of Faces" - a lasting tribute in the Education Center at The Wall, as well as an online memorial.
MPTV will broadcast announcements requesting viewers to submit photographs of Wisconsin veterans. Viewers can also upload photos online and search the database via a link posted on MPTV's website home page. Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and WUWM have also partnered to promote the effort through statewide broadcasts, online outreach and community engagement activities. Wisconsin veterans organizations including High Ground and Vietnam Veterans of America in Washington D.C. will also help facilitate the collection of the photos.
Scruggs will be in Milwaukee on Monday and Tuesday, November 12-13, to promote the endeavor and will be taping a special edition of MPTV's I REMEMBER. On Tuesday, November 13, Scruggs will officially kick-off the project with a press event in the Rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol at noon, and will be joined by Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and University of Wisconsin System Regent Michael Falbo - a Vietnam veteran.
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two traditional television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The station is watched by over 900,000 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
For more information, visit www.mptv.org.
Erin Eaton, Publicist/Grant Writer
P: (414) 297-8229
Darlyne Haertlein, Manager-Community Relations
P: (414) 297-7518