The Vietnam Veterans Memorial serves as a testament to the sacrifice of American military personnel during one of this nation's least popular wars. As of Memorial Day 2013, there are 58,286 names on the wall. This memorial was created 1982.
6 interesting facts about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
1) The memorial was built without government funds.
2) A college student won the memorial's design contest.
3) The memorial was originally quite controversial.
4) Names are still being added to the memorial.
5) Offerings are still brought to the memorial at least everyday.
6) All the names were read out loud again this year for the fifth time.
- The Memorial Wall, designed by Maya Lin, is made up of two gabbro walls 246 feet 9 inches (75.21 m) long.