, 2022-07-04 11:21:09,
It was just about 11 years ago to this date that Janna Hoehn combed through yearbooks at the old Maui High School campus, focused on finding photos of some of the 42 Maui Vietnam War veterans killed in the conflict.
In six months she succeeded.
But that wasn’t enough for the Launiupoko resident, who went on to post more than 8,000 photos — some 5,000 she found on her own — to “The Wall of Faces” online memorial, where the goal is to feature a photo of the approximately 58,300 names inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Hoehn said on Thursday that she has actually stopped counting the photos that she and her volunteer friends have found through yearbooks, obituaries, internet searches, visiting and writing to government organizations, contacting families and even knocking on people’s doors.
Hoehn, a freelance floral designer, said she would have never imagined 11 years ago that she would still be working on the project and uncovering thousands of photos from across the country.
She has also gathered awards locally and nationally for her efforts along the way.
In 2011, Hoehn was asked by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to handle gathering photos from Maui, so she did.
“I felt I would be so thrilled when I got it done and I was. I enjoyed meeting the families and everything, I didn’t want it to end,” she said looking back.
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