The Wall That Heals:
- Was unveiled in 1996, according to http://www.vvmf.org.
- Has been displayed at nearly 600 communities throughout the nation since then.
- Is hosted by 40 sites across the nation each year.
- Is a three-quarters scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, created from synthetic graphite with 140 numbered panels supported by an aluminum frame.
- Is 375 feet long and seven and a half feet tall at its highest point.
- Has LED lights to illuminate names at night.
- Honors over 3 million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War.
- Bears the names of more than 58,000 men and women who died in Vietnam.
- Contains 31 sets of brothers.
- Contains 3 sets of fathers and sons.
- Was visited by over 250,000 people in the last year.
- The average age of service members on the wall is about 23 years old. The youngest service member listed was 15.
- The most casualties on a single day was 246, all occuring on January 31, 1968.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.:
- In 1980, the VMFF announced a national competition to create a design for the memorial. Over 1400 designs were submitted. The winning entry was the work of Maya Lin, who designed the wall “as an undergraduate at Yale University for a funerary architecture class.”
- The wall was dedicated on November 13, 1982.
- The wall contains the names of eight women, all nurses. Seven were from the U.S. Army. One was from the Air Force.
- It also contains the names of 160 Medal of Honor recipients.
- 16 clergy members are listed on the wall. Seven were Catholic, another seven were Protestant, and two were Jewish.
- There are 120 people on the wall who listed other countries or territories as their home of record. These include: Australia, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Pacific Island, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico and Switzerland.
- No federal funds were used to build the memorial.
- The memorial is visited by more than 5.2 million people every year.
- Over 400,000 items have been left at the wall.