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Vietnam Veterans Memorial, commonly referred to as "The Wall," is a national memorial in Washington, D.C. honoring the U.S. service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War, service members who died in service in Vietnam/South East Asia, and those service members who were unaccounted for (Missing In Action) during the War. The memorial

The wall serves as a testament to the sacrifice of American military personnel during one of this nation's least popular wars. It is considered as one of the most visited and most revered monuments in Washington. The wall was dedicated in 1982. The simplicity of the design came from Yale student Maya Lin. It is a simple wall of polished black granite, bearing the names over 58,000 men and women who were killed or missing in the conflict.

By day or night, the Vietnam Veteran War Memorial remains one of the most popular and powerful attractions in DC. Survivors of the war and loved ones of the deceased often come here as a sort of pilgrimage of homage: they make rubbings from the names of their fallen, and they meet and reminisce with other veterans and their families.
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