Every year on Veterans Day, Americans pay tribute to those brave men and women who have served us or are currently serving in our armed forces. Get the facts behind the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
For example, did you know that the memorial cost $8.4 million, or $18.7 million in today’s money. All fund were raised privately, no federal funds were used.
The wall was designed by Maya Lin, a 21-year-old Yale graduate. More than 120 million people have visited the memorial since it opened in 1982. The deadliest day of the Vietnam war was the first day of the Tet Offensive, with 245 deaths. 1968 was the bloodiest year with 16,592 deaths.