Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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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.

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The speakers forum is in conjunction with The Wall That Heals, a 375-foot traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
* THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL, Washington, DC This iconic memorial occupies two acres near the National Mall and is comprised of three separate structures: the Memorial Wall, completed in 1982; the Three Soldiers bronze statue competed two years later; and the Vietnam Women's Memorial, dedicated in 1993, depicting a nurse holding a wounded soldier, a woman looking up to the sky, and another on her knees with a helmet in her hands.
Other noted speakers include Jim Knotts, president and CEO of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Patricia Trap, acting superintendent of National Mall and Memorial Parks, and Vietnam veterans Allen Hoe, civilian aide to the secretary of the army, and Colonel A.
Catesby Leigh is right that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial deserves an important place on the National Mall, not least because of what Angelo Codevilla sketches ("On the Natural Law of War and Peace") and Mackubin Thomas Owens clarifies in the same issue.
Who: Hosted by the Emerald Empire Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and open to the public What: The Moving Wall, a mobile half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial When: Noon to 11 p.m.
On a brisk December day he stood sentry at Constitution Gardens in Washington in front of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the iconic wall displaying thousands of names of the deceased across massive sheets of black granite.
From her 1982 Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., to her "Wave Field" series, to her 2010 Ellen S.
In the 1980s the construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington generated controversy.
These include the impressive and internationally recognised Washington Monument - the world's tallest stone structure and tallest obelisk, standing more than 554 feet high - as well as the National World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and Korean War Veterans Memorial.
Judge of Iowa, who died the day before Saigon fell, according to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

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