The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

November 08, 1992

The facts

There are 58,183 names on The Wall. ThIs includes about 300 added since the dedication in 1982 as deaths were confirmed.

The names are arranged in the chronological order in which their deaths occurred. That way, the people killed together in a battle are on the same panel. The first name is Dale R. Buis from El Reno, Okla. The last is Richard Vande Geer from Columbus, Ohio.

The memorial is a 500-foot, chevron-shaped wall, composed of 140 panels of polished black granite set in the earth. The granite was mined in India and cut in Barre, Vermont. The memorial is 10 feet tall at its vertex.

The names of eight women appear on The Wall. All were military nurses.

The east wall points to the Washington Monument; the west wall to the Lincoln Memorial.

The memorial was designed by Maya Lin, then a 21-year-old architecture student at Yale University.

The heroic bronze statue, "Three Servicemen," by Frederick Hart, was added to the memorial in 1984.

Schedule of events

Following is the schedule of events for "Reunion '92," the 10th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial:

Today: First complete reading of all the names on The Wall. Begins at noon and will last through 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Tomorrow: Vietnam veterans day at National Archives. Seminars, including one by authors who have written about the war and coming home.

Tuesday: Kennedy Center Film Festival on movies from the Vietnam War.

Wednesday: Veterans Day at The Wall. Ceremony begins at 1 p.m.

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