The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a national memorial located in Washington, D.C. The memorial honors service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War, service members who died in service in Vietnam and South East Asia, and those service members who were classified as Missing In Action during the War.
Its construction and related issues have been the source of controversies, some of which have resulted in additions to the memorial complex. The memorial currently consists of three separate parts: the Three Soldiers statue, the Vietnam Women's Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, which is the best-known part of the memorial.
The main part of the memorial, which was completed in 1982, is in Constitution Gardens adjacent to the National Mall, just northeast of the Lincoln Memorial. The memorial is maintained by the U.S. National Park Service, and receives around 3 million visitors each year.
The Memorial Wall was designed by American architect Maya Lin. The typesetting of the original 58,195 names on the wall was performed by Datalantic in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2007, it was ranked tenth on the "List of America's Favorite Architecture" by the American Institute of Architects.
Images provided courtesy of the Archival Research Catalogue, National Archives, USA, as well as Tom Faunce and Myth Merchant Films
John Hartley Robertson etching from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial provided by Tom Faunce (2012).