Located on the National Mall in Washington, D. C., the Vietnam Veterans Memorial recognizes and honors the men and women who served in the Vietnam War. The Memorial consists of three parts: the Wall of Names, the Three Servicemen Statue and Flagpole, and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, designed by Maya Ying Lin, is a v-shaped memorial made of black granite. The names of more than 58,000 veterans who were killed or remain missing from the war are etched into the wall.
The proposed design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial angered some Vietnam veterans and others who felt that it did not convey the heroism, patriotism, and honor inherent in most war memorials. The Three Servicemen Statue, designed by Frederick Hart, was a compromise to that controversy and honors the American military who served in Vietnam.
Some felt something was still missing from the wall. The Vietnam Women’s Memorial, designed by Glenna Goodacre, honors the women that served in Vietnam. The statue depicts three uniformed women with a wounded soldier. While one nurse comforts the soldier, another kneels. The third looks to the skies.