The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated on Nov. 13, 1982. Designed by American architect Maya Lin, the memorial is made of two stone walls with the names of servicemen killed or missing in action in the Vietnam War etched into the reflective surface. The wall listed 58,191 names when it was completed. More have been added. Lin was a student at Yale when she entered a contest to design the wall. The stark design drew criticism, but once it was completed it was praised for its simplicity and emotional power. Millions of people visit the memorial every year.
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