Episode 009: Creation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Jan Scruggs (L), Maya Lin (C), and Robert Doubek (R) at a news conference. (Photo Credit: Library of Congress)
Maya Lin’s original Vietnam Veterans Memorial design competition submission. (Photo Credit: Library of Congress)

What You’ll Get From This Episode

You’ll hear the story of the challenges and triumphs in building the most visited monument in Washington D.C.

Resources for Topics Discussed in the Episode

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). Since the dedication of The Wall, VVMF has pursued a mission of preserving the legacy of The Wall, promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War. They run an incredible website that serves as a launching pad for their various education initiatives.

The Wall USA. The 4/9 Infantry Manchu (Vietnam) Association started a website that provides a number of detailed facts and statistics about the names that are found on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This site is no longer updated but the association says they will keep the website live.

National Park Service – Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Visitors can find the information on the memorial if you look to visit it in person, including a database of all of the names currently included on the wall.

Offerings at the Wall: Artifacts from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection (Thomas B. Allen). This book, published in 1995, is a powerful book, primarily told through photographs, showcasing a small number of the over 400,000 items left at the Vietnam War Memorial. When available, the author shares pieces of the stories behind the artifacts and how they relate to those killed on the wall.

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