They should be remembered. The jury, which judged the entries blind, agreed. Meanwhile, Lin only got a B on her assignment; she ended up beating out her professor in the competition. Jan C.
A group of veterans protested the design, claiming that it was an ugly insult that portrayed the war as shameful, dishonorable and worth hiding. They launched a campaign to change the wall to a white color and add an eight-foot-high sculpture of soldiers to the site. The U. Commission of Fine Arts, which was in charge of the final design, finally brokered a compromise.
Lin did not attend the compromise meeting, and was so hurt by the controversy over her work that it took her years to discuss it publicly. In , she published an essay about her design process.
Spurred on by the activism of the wounded Vietnam veteran Jan C. While U. S Congress had allocated three acres on the National Mall for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, funding for the project came from the private sector, not the government. Today, the wall has become a destination for visitors to Washington D. People with friends or relatives who fought in the war search for their names and rub impressions of them onto paper.
Offerings like letters, medals, photos and dog tags are left almost daily.
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