TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Organizers need help with an effort under way to honor and remember local veterans.
It is called the Faces of Heroes project and when it is complete it will have a 40-foot wall filled with pictures of local veterans. The Toledo Community Based Outpatient Clinic is doing the project for their new building, which is scheduled to open later this year.
Veterans' pictures will be printed on tiles and stacked together to form one big collage. A virtual wall online will also showcase the photos where people can search by name, branch of service or service entrance date.
Currently, the clinic only has about 200 pictures. To make the wall contain 1,500 pictures, organizers are asking anyone who is or knows a veteran from the area to submit a picture.
"We need to do it. We need to honor our veterans. They are our heroes, and some of them have come in and said, 'I'm not a hero. I don't deserve to be on the wall.' And my response was, 'Yes you are a hero. You served in our country. I couldn't do that,'" said Vi Grzybowski, a volunteer.
Anyone with a picture can bring it to the clinic's current location on Glendale Avenue. Volunteers will scan the photo for free and return it. Make sure to have the veteran's name, branch of service and entrance date. The veterans must be alone and in uniform (salutes, hats, badges, etc. are preferred). Participants also must fill out a consent form.
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