The National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
This gallery contains pictures and stories of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in
Washington, D.C. Known simply as "The Wall," this monument is one of the most
visited sites in the city of Washington.
After watching the film "The Deer Hunter" in 1979, Vietnam Veteran Jan
C. Scruggs first conceived of the idea for a Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
A Yale architectural student, Maya Lin, submitted the winning design.
"The Wall" was built in Constitution Gardens in Washington, D.C., through
private donations from the public, and dedicated in 1982.
This Gallery also contains images and text about the Vietnam Women's Memorial that stands near
"The Wall" and honors the military and civilian women who served and sacrificed during the
Vietnam War. Some of their names are with their brothers' on "The Wall."
Diane Carlson Evans, RN, is the founder of this Memorial project. She
served in the Army Nurse Corps from 1966 to 1972 and was in Vietnam from
1968-69. The sculptor is Glenna Goodacre, who created the Women's Memorial in
The Vietnam Women's Memorial was dedicated over Veterans Day weekend of November 10-12, 1993.
"The Wall" by Catherine Anne McNeill
Valerie is an 8th grade student at The Castilleja School in Palo Alto, California. She wrote this story following a visit to The Wall by her class. This is beautiful writing by a thirteen year old girl who felt the power of a name.
Why I wrote this
By Benson Rose
Pictures of the Dedication and Parade for the Vietnam Women's Memorial and photos of "The
Wall" on Memorial Day 1992. There is also a wonderful photo of Arlington Cemetery.
By Joan McAninch Samuelson
By Ragen Mendenhall
By Dodie Anne Hecker
By R. Kevin Eide
A Poem by Michael S. Viehman.
Here are five of the pictures from Larry Powell's book, "Hunger of the Heart: A Communion
at the Wall."
Larry, a Vietnam veteran, has spent eight years at the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial documenting those who come and the gifts they bring. His
photographs are valuable and rich because he preserves the environment in
which the gifts are recorded ... The Wall, the people, the gifts are one.
By Tim Trask
Some very interesting and little known facts about The Wall.
A poem by Tim Patterson
By David C. Perkins
David was a Marine in Vietnam.
By Racheline Maltese
A story by Rachel Williams
"The Wall" is a beautiful tribute to Rachel's Uncle and others who died during the
A poem by Marine Veteran Stephen R. Guilmet
A tribute written by Veteran David Regenthal prior to his second visit to The Wall in 1992.
David also has a story about Long Range Recon Patrol (LRRP) actions in:
Contributed by Veterans and friends, this Gallery also contain some photos of "The
Vietnam Women's Memorial."
Information about Chuck Mangi's computer program which lists all the names on The Wall,
along with other information. Includes ordering information and a downloadable demonstration
Nancy's moving observations as a Park Service volunteer of the magic
of the Wall.
Other tributes and pictures of The Wall can be found in the "Remembrance" Main Section of this
Revised 03-11-2000 by DGSH