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Honoring those who served: Wall of Faces Museum in Douglas

Began after former President Obama encouraged honoring of Vietnam veterans
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Posted at 5:38 PM, Nov 11, 2023

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Wall of Faces Museum in Douglas is sharing stories of about 800 veterans who are from the town. This museum is located in the Gadsden Hotel at 1046 N. G Ave.

It started as a temporary exhibit, opening on July 4, 2016 after former President Barack Obama asked communities to honor Vietnam veterans in 2012.

Veteran and Museum Co-Founder Hector Leon explained, “The way we started is we were going through the high school annuals, and were saying, ‘Okay, well, this guy, this guy was in...' and then we started asking the folks for help. And little by little, it just grew.”

The museum has expanded beyond just Vietnam veterans. It now highlights all those from Douglas who have served in the U.S. military.

Co-founder Ginny Jordan shared, “Basically as long as a man’s story is told they do not die, so you tell their story.”

She and other volunteers have spent the last seven years doing just that.

“It’s about young people, their lives and their experiences,” Jordan added.

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Madison Thomas joined KGUN 9 in July of 2023 as a multimedia journalist. She graduated from Arizona State University in May of 2023 with a degree in journalism and mass communication. She has lived in Arizona her entire life and grew up in Douglas. Madison is thrilled to share the stories from the community she grew up in. Share your story ideas and important issues with Madison by emailing madison.thomas@kgun9.com or by connecting on InstagramTwitter or Facebook.