American Icons: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial : Slideshow

Friday, October 04, 2013

Maya Lin Vietnam Veterans Memorial Contest Entry Sketch Studio 360 American Icons

A watercolor from Maya Lin's entry to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial 1981 design competition. She designed the memorial at only 21 years old as part of her architecture classwork at Yale University.

Maya Lin Vietnam Veterans Memorial Contest Entry Sketch Studio 360 American Icons

Maya Lin's full contest entry from 1981.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedication American Icons Studio 360
Courtesy of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

The 1982 Veterans Day dedication of The Wall.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedication American Icons Studio 360
Courtesy of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

The crowd at the 1982 dedication of the memorial. 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial American Icons Studio 360

The view from the top of The Wall, looking toward the Lincoln Memorial (undated).

Vietnam Veterans Memorial American Icons Studio 360

Looking from the apex of the memorial, towards the Washington Monument (undated).

Vietnam Veterans Memorial American Icons Studio 360

Approach to the Memorial from the southwest: the flagpole, the statue of the Three Servicemen, and The Wall in the distance (undated). Some veterans, including Tom Carhart, disliked the design and campaigned for the addition of a figurative sculpture and flag. The flag was originally set at the apex of The Wall, but was moved to a different site after Maya Lin's objections.

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Library of Congress

A view of the figurative addition to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial: the Three Servicemen (undated). Tom Carhart, a veteran who had protested Lin's design, was happy to get a more traditional figurative sculpture. Even so, he still feels that moving it to a different site, away from The Wall, was "a slap in the face."

Vietnam Veterans Memorial American Icons Studio 360
Courtesy of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (Dan Arant)

The Three Servicemen in color in 2011.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial American Icons Studio 360
Courtesy of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (JC Cummings)

An aerial view of the memorial from 2009.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial American Icons Studio 360
Eric Molinsky

Kurt Andersen and journalist Laura Palmer visit the memorial in 2012.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial American Icons Studio 360
Eric Molinsky

Aseneth Blackwell remembers her husband, veteran Frederick D. Blackwell, at her visit to The Wall on Memorial Day 2012. She comes twice a year every year, on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial American Icons Studio 360

Offerings left on Memorial Day 2006. While this practice is common now after any tragedy, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was the beginning of more public mourning in America.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Memorial Resource Center American Icons Studio 360
Eric Molinsky

Over the years, people have left thousands of objects at The Wall - and they've all been stored at the Memorial Resource Center. Here are some of the storage units at the MRC.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Memorial Resource Center American Icons Studio 360
Eric Molinsky

Kurt (R) interviews Duery Felton (L), the curator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial collection. You can see producer Leital Molad recording their interview. 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Memorial Resource Center American Icons Studio 360
Eric Molinsky

A tiger cage from a POW MIA commemorative parade. 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Memorial Resource Center American Icons Studio 360
Eric Molinsky

A bin of recent offerings from Studio 360's visit to the Memorial Resource Center. These objects were 2012 additions to the collection. 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Memorial Resource Center American Icons Studio 360
Eric Molinsky

A 2009 tribute to the dead from the Worcester Vet Center. The inscription reads, "Freedom has the taste the protected will never know."

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Memorial Resource Center American Icons Studio 360
Eric Molinsky

The peace poncho Kurt mentions in the radio program, sitting below a bag of bullets and a pack of Lucky Strikes.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial American Icons Studio 360
Courtesy of Sharon Denitto

Sharon Denitto helps visitors to The Moving Wall locate names of loved ones. The Moving Wall is one of multiple tributes that are travelling around the United States. Denitto has also volunteered at the original Wall in Washington, D.C.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial American Icons Studio 360
Sharon Denitto

A view of The Moving Wall at sunrise. Denitto says watching the steam rise from the memorial reminds her of spirits breathing life into the monument. 

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Dan Epstein

Another touring wall that imitates Lin's original work: this version is called The Wall That Heals.