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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On the July Fourth after 9/11, he attended a celebration at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and ended up giving an unplanned speech in which he expressed feeling guilty over having not served in Vietnam.
Lechowicz remembers seeing fallen veterans during his time in Vietnam and says that even though he will never know their names, he would like to connect with them by touching the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
Hoehn, 60, sought the photos for the "Faces Never Forgotten" project at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., that aims to archive the photos of all 58,286 veterans who died in that war.
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.
Like the original moving wall, it brings the experience and names of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to local communities.
* The Vietnam War Memorial is made up of three separate parts: the moving Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the Three Soldiers statue, and the Vietnam Women's Memorial.
It is fitting that a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall should be at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Ga., for Memorial Day.
Veterans Day 2008 was marked with an expansive ceremony at the base of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Nov.
He says his proudest moment was working with DOD to get the name of a PVA member engraved on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and to arrange for that individual's family to attend a ceremony at the memorial.

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