Remembering Vietnam: The Wall At 25
1 x 60'
In 1979, a Vietnam vet named Jan Scruggs had a vision to create a memorial to the 2.7m Americans who served in the nation's longest and most controversial war. Despite initial cynicism and opposition, the Memorial was built in 1982. The black granite wall, designed by Yale undergraduate Maya Lin, was derided as a “black gash of shame” and stirred up so much controversy that the whole project was almost scrapped. But today, it is an icon to which millions of visitors come each year. Some come to pay tribute and others to heal old wounds.