Vietnam Veterans Memorial Anniversary

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Anniversary

November 11
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Anniversary commemorates the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., on November 13, 1982. Known commonly as "The Wall," the black granite Memorial is set within Constitution Gardens on Constitution Avenue between 21st and 23rd Streets. It lists the names of 58,256 U.S. service personnel who were killed while serving in Vietnam between 1957 and 1975.
Development and construction of the Memorial was overseen by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc., a private organization that raised money for the project through donations and held an open competition for design proposals. The winning design was submitted by Maya Lin, a native of Ohio who was a student at Yale University at the time her design was chosen. In 1984 the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was brought under the oversight of the National Park Service.
Each year on Veterans Day, the anniversary of the Memorial's dedication is celebrated with a special ceremony, including speakers and a military color guard. As many as 10,000 veterans, family, and friends have gathered to participate in the Veterans Day observance. In 2007, the 25th anniversary of the Memorial, a special program included speeches by General Colin Powell and representatives of veterans' and family service organizations, including the American Gold Star Mothers, Gold Star Wives, and others. Musicians performed patriotic hymns and "Taps," and representatives of the armed services and family groups placed memorial wreaths.
CONTACTS:
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
National Park Service
900 Ohio Dr. S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20024
202-426-6841
www.nps.gov/vive
SOURCES:
PatHols-2006, p. 254
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