Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial acknowledges the service and sacrifice of all who served in Vietnam, the longest military conflict in U.S. history (1954-1975). Made of polished black granite and located near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., "The Wall" lists 58,229 names; approximately 1300 of those remain missing. The Memorial’s design was selected through a national design competition open to any U.S. citizen 18 years of age or older. Four criteria had to be met: the design had to be reflective and contemplative in character, harmonize with surroundings, contain the names of those who died in the conflict or who were still missing, and make no political statement about the war. Maya Ying Lin, a native of Athens, Ohio and Yale undergraduate, submitted the winning design. Construction began and was completed in 1982. The Memorial was funded entirely through private contributions.
Stately and awe-inspiring, this stamp ingot is a fitting tribute to one of America’s most heart-rending memorials to heroism. The stamp, issued in 2002, was selected by the public during nationwide balloting in 1998 as one of 15 commemorative stamps saluting the 1960s.