On November 13, 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. This place of remembrance is a beautiful architectural accomplishment with a powerful message. I’ve visited the memorial several times, and have been deeply touched each time.
It’s difficult to romanticize war when you see the black cut-stone masonry wall, with the names of 58,261 fallen soldiers carved into its face.
The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial was designed by Maya Lin. In 1981, at age 21 and while still an undergraduate, Lin won a public design competition for the memorial, beating out 1,441 other competition submissions. She created a masterpiece that is now an American treasure.