VIETNEM VETERANS MEMORIAL (The memorial currently consists of three…
VIETNEM VETERANS MEMORIAL
made up of
two 246-foot-9-inch (75.21 m) long gabbro
(skała magmowa) walls
At the highest tip (the apex where they meet), they are
10.1 feet (3.1 m)
high, and they taper to a height of
8 inches (200 mm)
at their extremities.
Symbolically, this is described as a
"wound that is closed and healing"
When a visitor looks upon the wall, his or her reflection can be seen simultaneously with the engraved names, which is meant to symbolically
bring the past and present together
'you sink into the earth, the earth opens up; the wall becomes mirror; ground opened up into another world that we could not enter'
she wanted to cut into the earth, open up the earth and the pain that in time will heal
2-acre (8,000 m²)
U.S. national memorial in Washington, D.C.
honors service members of the U.S
. armed forces who fought, died or were missing in the Vietnam War.
etched with the names of the servicemen being honored in
144 panels of horizontal rows
with regular typeface and spacing
The memorial currently consists of
three separate parts
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
, completed first and the best-known part of the memorial
The Three Servicemen Memorial
Vietnam Women's Memorial
maintained by the U.S. National Park Service
ranked tenth on the "List of America's Favorite Architecture"
listed on the National Register of Historic Places
The main part of the memorial was
completed in 1982.