Search for:
  • Home/
  • Movies/
  • On this day in history, November 13, 1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, DC

On this day in history, November 13, 1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, DC


The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated on this day in history, Nov. 13, 1982 — becoming the newest addition to Washington, D.C.’s National Mall. 

Designed by Maya Lin, an architectural student at Yale University at the time, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial consists of two 200-foot walls made up of 72 panels of polished black granite. 

The names of more than 58,000 American service members who were killed (or were missing in action) in the Vietnam War are inscribed on 70 of those panels, in order of their deaths. 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY, NOVEMBER 12, 1942, NAVAL BATTLE OF GUADALCANAL BEGINS IN THE SOLOMON ISLANDS

At the time of its dedication, the memorial was regarded for its “revolutionary minimalist design” that appeared as “a gash on the landscape, an unhealed wound,” said the website for the National Parks Service.  

Unlike the other memorials on the National Mall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial did not have statues of service members. Initially, it proved quite controversial among groups of veterans, notes the History Channel’s website. 

Maya Lin and Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Maya Lin, architect of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, stands during the dedication on this day in history, Nov. 13, 1982.  (Harry Naltchayan/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

After the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated, however, there was a “remarkable shift in public opinion” toward the memorial.

As of 2023, it is the most-visited memorial on the National Mall, according to the Department of Defense website. 

Today, it is not uncommon for friends and family members of those who are listed on the wall to leave mementos — such as flowers, photos, dog tags or even cans of beer — on the base of the panels bearing their names.

NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY: HISTORY, FACTS AND HOW TO COMMEMORATE

Items that are left behind become the property of the National Parks Service, says its website. 

While the memorial was dedicated in 1982, the complex as a whole would see several additions in the years that followed.

large crowd at Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial features the name of nearly every American killed during the war. (Diana Walker/Getty Images)

Two years later, in 1984, a statue of three soldiers, appropriately titled “Three Servicemen,” was installed and dedicated just a short distance away from the memorial wall. 

The bronze sculpture, created by Frederick Hart, “depicts three American servicemen and the things they carried,” says the National Parks Service website. 

HOMESCHOOLED CHILDREN PAY TRIBUTE TO MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT FR. EMIL KAPAUN AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

The three soldiers were purposefully depicted as those of different races: One is European American, another is African American and another is Latino American. 

“On their youthful faces, faces too young to have experienced war, we see expressions of loneliness and profound love and a fierce determination never to forget.”

The “Three Servicemen” sculpture was the first depiction of an African American on the National Mall, says Hart’s website. 

“The fighting men depicted in the statue we dedicate today, the three young American servicemen, are individual only in terms of their battle dress; all are as one, with eyes fixed upon the memorial bearing the names of their brothers in arms,” said President Ronald Reagan in his speech at the dedication. 

Veterans walking down street

A large parade of Vietnam veterans was part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedication on Nov. 13, 1982. (Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

“On their youthful faces, faces too young to have experienced war, we see expressions of loneliness and profound love and a fierce determination never to forget,” the president added.  

In 1993, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial was unveiled and opened to the public. 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER

The Vietnam Women’s Memorial features the statues of three uniformed women tending to a wounded soldier, says the Department of the Interior website. 

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Finally, in 2004, the “In Memory” plaque was added near the Three Servicemen statue. 

The plaque honors those who died from causes related to the Vietnam War, such as exposure to Agent Orange. 

For more Lifestyle articles, visit www.foxnews.com/lifestyle.



Source link

FREE FIRE DIAMO FREECODECARD FR TOP FREE INSTAG TOP 3 FREE FIRE FREE ONLYFANS A 30 90 OFF SHEIN 23 SIMPLE WAYS AMAZON COM 10 P EXTRA 30 OFF SH OBTIENS UN CODE 10 BEST WAYS TO FREE TIKTOK FOL BINGO BLITZ CHE 10 BEST WAYS TO HOW TO GET FREE TODAY S FREE SP FREE IMVU CREDI BINGO BLITZ FRE ONLYFANS VIEWER PLAYSTATION STO 100 FREE BIGO D DIAMANTS GRATUI GET FREE INSTAG HOW TO GET UNLI FREECODECARD FR WHY HAVE I BEEN FREE TIKTOK FOL HOW TO GET 8K C MONOPOLY GO HAC FREE IMVU CREDI DAILY GIFTS BIN NEW 101 WORKING FREE PLAYSTATIO PLAYSTATION BUY ONLINE MONEY TI COIN MASTER FRE COIN MASTER FRE GET FREE TIKTOK GARENA FREE FIR STEAM COMMUNITY BIGO LIVE HACK 12 EASY WAYS TO HOW TO USE VENM FREE FIRE MOD A MONOPOLY GO FRE GET DIAMONDS FO LIST OF PLAYSTA PRIME EARLY ACC MONOPOLY GO AMA HOW TO GET BIGO IMVU TEXTURES F ONLYFANS PREMIU 40 TRIED TRUE W FREE DIAMONDS F FREE PSN GIFT C NEW FREE AMAZON F R E E BIGO LI NEW IMVU FREE C VENMO OFFERS GE FREE INSTAGRAM FREE BINGO BLIT 2024 JACKPOT PA HOW TO GET 1000 15 WAYS TO GET HOW TO GET FREE GAMEHUNTERS CLU ADD A PAYMENT M HOW TO GET CRED HOW TO GET CRED GET UP TO 80K F AGREE HOW TO GE DIAMOND MOD MEN NEW FREE SUBSCR COIN MASTER FRE FREE PSN CODES ONLYFANS PREMIU 20 SIMPLE WAYS TODAY S COIN MA BINGO BLITZ FRE AMAZON HOW DO Y FREE ONLYFANS P DIAMONDS SAVER GUIDE DIAMOND C PAY AND GET PAI COIN MASTER FRE BINGO BLITZ FRE 7M81 EARN FREE COIN MASTER FRE FREE TIKTOK FOL AFSCME BEST MET BINGO BLITZ FRE FREE TIKTOK FOL FREE AMAZON GIF FREE SHEIN GIFT BINGO BLITZ FRE BUY PSN GIFT CA ALEC MONOPOLY S MONOPOLY GO RE FREE FIRE MAX R NEW GLITCH FREE HOW TO GET MORE HOW TO GET FREE MARJEM KAT INST THE BEST WAY TO FREE PAYPAL 100 TOP 3 FREE FIRE GET FREE FREE P GET UP TO 80K F HOW DO I ACCESS HOW TO REDEEM A FREE PAYPAL CAS NITREO GET INST MONOPOLY GO VAU FREE INSTAGRAM GET FREE TIKTOK FREE IMVU CREDI BINGO BLITZ FRE FREE BIGO LIVE TÉLÉCHARGER WIN CART DETAIL ONL GET FREE PSN GI TIKTOK COINS HA GET 50 FREE AMA 45 OFF PAYPAL C EXTRA 30 OFF SH GET UNLIMITED D F R E E BIGO LI HOW TO GET UNLI BIGO LIVE DIAMO 500 AMAZON GIFT FREE IMVU CREDI HOW TO GET FREE HOW TO GET FREE GET 50 FREE HIG FREE FIRE DIAMO CODE PROMO SHEI 15 WAYS TO GET CAN FREE FIRE D FREE CREDITS CA FREE AMAZON GIF PDF BINGO BLITZ FREE AMAZON GIF FREE FIRE UNLIM HOW TO GET 1000 FREE SHEIN GIFT HOW I GOT FREE BIGO LIVE FREE INSTAGRAM FOLLO NEW UPDATED SHE TIKLIKES GET TI MONOPOLY GO HAC TOP 10 SHEIN GI FREE LIVE INSTA TOP FREE INSTAG HOW TO GET FREE FREE FIRE DIAMO PS PLUS USERS O 12 EASY WAYS TO A SIMPLE AND SA HOW TO GET FREE NEW SEARCH RESU ONLYFANS PREMIU MONOPOLY GO TIP PAYPAL FREE GIF 10 BEST WAYS TO FREE DIAMONDS G BINGO BLITZ FRE MONOPOLY GO FRE FREE IMVU CREDI FREE Instagram DAILY GIFTS BIN INSTAGRAM FOLLO FREE DIAMONDS G SHEIN COUPON CO BEST APP TO GET FREE DIAMONDS G FREE TIKTOK COI FREE AMAZON COM FREE FIRE HACKS ACHAT FREE FIRE MONOPOLY GO FRE HOW TO GET FREE GET FREE INSTAG 2024 DOUBLEU CA EXTRA 20 OFF SH COIN MASTER FRE TÉLÉCHARGER WIN AMAZON HOW DO Y 2024 PRISM CASI HOW TO GET FREE DOWNLOAD INSTAG STAYING SAFE ON FREE SHEIN GIFT GET UNLIMITED F YOUTUBE IS FULL COIN MASTER FRE ONLYFANS ACCOUN FREE PAYPAL MON HOW TO GET FREE WATCH DIAMOND H