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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I saw the Vietnam Wall twice while in Washington, D.C.
"My part of the program is to discuss the creation of the wall, the ensuing controversy, and how the competing sides sought to memorialize the Vietnam wall," Murray said.
There are nearly 60,000 names on the Vietnam Wall in Washington; some of them are names of Canadians then serving in the US Army.
The matriarch is convinced that she has a religious obligation to touch Jesse's name on the Vietnam Wall. The Ramirez's are serious travelers not simply sightseers.
"I learned about the amazing legacy and the bravery of the 199 survivors and the shocking truth that none of the 'Lost 74' names have ever been allowed on the Vietnam Wall," Ackerman said.
Williams took advantage of his time in Washington by visiting sights like the Smithsonian Institute and Vietnam Wall in the winter and bluegrass festivals during the summer.
One, the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall, is a three-quarter-scale replica.
Q: There are more than 58,000 names listed on the Vietnam Wall. Is it true that more Vietnam veterans have committed suicide than are named on the wall?
In between the veterans tour the World War II, Korean War Veterans, Vietnam Wall and Iwo Jima Memorials, and enjoy a country buffet dinner, before departing Baltimore at 8 p.m.
John Pritchard, president of the Vietnam Wall South Foundation.
Eventually he hopes all the names can be brought together on a wall of honour around the Irish memorial tower and peace park in Belgium - similar to the Vietnam wall war memorial in Washington.
He was a driving force on the committee that brought the Vietnam Wall memorial to Mesa, Ariz., for a four-day visit in 1999.

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