First unveiled on November 13, 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial remains an atypical war monument. Its main feature, a V-shaped wall inscribed with the names of over 58,000 U.S. soldiers killed during the Vietnam War, lacks heroic or patriotic symbols, and its polished black granite façade contrasts with the white marble statues and structures surrounding it on the National Mall. Nonetheless, it has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Washington, D.C., with over 4.2 million estimated visitors so far in 2012 alone. On its 30th anniversary, check out six facts about this iconic testament to sacrifice and loss.
Thanks for sharing lesser known facts about the Vietnam Veterans mall which is within a stones throw of the Lincoln memorial on the National mall SFC (Join to see). I showed the wall to my wife the evening we went out to look at rings before I proposed.