vietnam memorial: a wall of healing, reflection and remembrance
Located in the National Mall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the men and women who sacrificed their lives during the divisive Vietnam War. A solemn place of healing for thousands of veterans and families, the 493-foot granite wall chronological lists more than 58,000 names of those who fell during the controversial conflict. The two-acre memorial is open day and night, and park rangers are present to assist visitors in finding specific names. More than a popular D.C. attraction, the Vietnam Memorial Wall offers a place for reflection, remembrance and national healing.
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When Was The Vietnam Memorial Built?
After the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund was founded to raise money for the memorial, the main wall's construction began in March 1982 and was officially dedicated on November 13, 1982. The Three Soldiers statue, located next to the wall and sculpted by Frederick Hart, was completed in 1984. Completing the Memorial, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial was constructed and dedicated in 1993.
How Many Names Are Listed At The Memorial?
Currently, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial displays 58,272 names of men and women who sacrificed their lives in service to their country. The memorialized names are listed in chronological order of casualty, starting in 1959 and running through 1975. Approximately 1200 names of the wall are members of the Armed Forces still listed as missing in action.