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Vietnam Veterans Memorial,

war memorial in Washington, D.C., built 1982. Designed by the American sculptor and architect Maya Ying LinLin, Maya Ying
, 1959–, American architect and sculptor, b. Athens, Ohio. Lin's work is known for its visual poetry and sensitive mingling of highly abstract form with meaning.
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, it is a sloping, V-shaped, 493-ft (150-m) wall of highly polished black granite that descends 10 feet (3.05 meters) below grade level at its vertex. Often called simply "The Wall," it is inscribed with the names of the more than 58,000 Americans killed or missing during the Vietnam WarVietnam War,
conflict in Southeast Asia, primarily fought in South Vietnam between government forces aided by the United States and guerrilla forces aided by North Vietnam. The war began soon after the Geneva Conference provisionally divided (1954) Vietnam at 17° N lat.
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. The austere, abstract nature of Lin's design, which was selected after a nationwide competition, at first made it a controversial way of memorializing the war's casualties. In the years since its construction, however, the simple, evocative, and starkly dramatic wall has become a national shrine, drawing more annual visitors than the Washington MonumentWashington Monument,
obelisk-shaped tower, 555 ft 5 1-9 in. (169.3 m) high, located on a 106-acre (43-hectare) site at the west end of the Mall, Washington, D.C.; dedicated 1885. The world's tallest building when completed, it remains the capital's tallest building.
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 or the Lincoln MemorialLincoln Memorial,
monument, 107 acres (45 hectares), in Potomac Park, Washington, D.C.; built 1914–17. The building, designed by Henry Bacon and styled after a Greek temple, has 36 Doric columns representing the states of the Union at the time of Lincoln's death.
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. Two nearby sculptures also honor those who served in the war; one is of three soldiers by Frederick E. Hart (erected 1984), the other of three nurses and a wounded soldier by Glenna Goodacre (erected 1993).


See J. Reston, Jr., A Rift in the Earth (2017).

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Address:c/o National Capitol Park - Central
900 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20024

Size: 2 acres.
Established: Authorized on July 1, 1980; dedicated on November 13, 1982. Vietnam Women's Memorial dedicated on November 11, 1993.
Location:Near the Lincoln Memorial at the west end of Constitution Gardens in Washington, DC.
Facilities:Rest rooms (é).
Activities:Walking tours, interpretive programs.
Special Features:The polished black granite wall is inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 persons who gave their lives or remain missing in the Vietnam War (1964-1973). The memorial was designed by Maya Ying Lin. The entrance plaza includes a flagstaff and bronze statue of three Vietnam servicemen sculpted by Frederick Hart. The Vietnam Women's Memorial features a multifigure bronze statue designed by Glenna Goodacre.

See other parks in District of Columbia.
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While in Chester, Bulmer also visited the Veterans Memorial Park near Perryville, Missouri and the Vietnam Memorial Wall there.
She dedicated many of her years volunteering to support veterans at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., and continued her involvement during retirement by traveling with the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall Memorial to numerous cities in the U.S., providing valuable historic veteran information at each location.
Marine Corps, was co-founder of the Kansas City Vietnam Memorial, which Regan called "one of the finest tributes in the country to those who paid the ultimate price serving our country in that war."
"I came back because I can't ever forget that day," said Fred Churchill, 76, of Vienna, Virginia, after emerging from the Vietnam Memorial. "Those guys should have been able to come visit this thing too."
THE WMF HAD ONE BIG ADVANTAGE from the outset: the idea of a Vietnam memorial enjoyed bipartisan support in Congress.
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Last July 30, members of the East Coast Chapter of the PMA Alumni Association (Overseas) gathered at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC to commemorate the 50th death anniversary of Capt.
The names of 58,193 men and woman who "gave their all" during the Vietnam War are carved into the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
I mean, I was very responsible, along with a group of people, for getting the Vietnam Memorial built in downtown Manhattan, which to this day people thank me for."
Agri-marketer Leigh Pichette and her family watch her father Jim McGough's name being added to the Vietnam Memorial last month in Washington, D.C.
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