The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc.
(VVMF) was set up on April 27, 1979 as a non-profit organization by Jan Scruggs
and several other Vietnam War veterans, in order to create a memorial for those USA military employees who died or were killed during the Vietnam War without making any political statement about the war itself. They enabled the creation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
on the National Mall
in Washington, D.C.
and the other founders of the VVMF
needed funding for their memorial, but could not use government funds. They set out to collect several million dollars from private investors. Within three years of being founded, the VVMF had collected over $8 million in funds from over 275,000 donors.
In October 1980, the VVMF announced that a contest for the design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial open to anyone over 18 years of age. The contest was the largest of its kind ever held in the United States, with over 2,573 contestants, and was judged by eight professional artists and architects. The winner of the contest was Maya Ying Lin
, who submitted the idea for a wall.
Construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
began on March 16, 1982, though the official ground-breaking was on Friday, March 26, 1982. The construction was finished in late October 1982. The memorial was formally dedicated on November 13, 1982. The Three Soldiers
statue by Frederick Hart
was added in 1984, and the Vietnam Women's Memorial
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