Vietnam Veterans War Memorial Dedication

Photo taken by National Guard Spc. Praxedis Pineda via Flickr

Photo taken by National Guard Spc. Praxedis Pineda via Flickr

In 1982, the Vietnam War Memorial opened on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. By separating the issue of individuals serving in the military during the Vietnam era and U.S. policy carried out there, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) began a process of national healing. The Memorial was dedication on Nov. 13, 1982 and attracts more than 5.6 million visitors each year.

"The Vietnam Veterans Memorial stands as a symbol of America's honor and recognition of the men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War. Inscribed on the black granite walls are the names of more than 58,000 men and women who gave their lives or remain missing. The Memorial is dedicated to honor the courage, sacrifice and devotion to duty and country of all who answered the call to serve during one of the most divisive wars in U.S. history."

Read more information regarding the Vietnam Veterans Memorial here.