Watch Workers Build A New Memorial In Kentucky, And Help Heal The Wounds Of VietnamDan Doyle
On April 18, 2018 a new Memorial was dedicated to the memory of our fallen Vietnam veterans. It was built in a Nature Park in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
It is an exact replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
The Vietnam War was one of the longest wars this country has ever been involved in, until the post 9/11 period wars. It was also the most controversial and divisive war in our history.
The Vietnam Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C. was not dedicated until November 13, 1982. From the end of the Vietnam War on April 30, 1975 until “The Wall” became one of the Memorials along the National Mall, most Vietnam Veterans came home to the rejection of the society they had fought for in a variety of ways. We endured that rejection quietly, going into ourselves, each of us trying, with varying degrees of success, to find ways to “fit into” the normal every day life of society again.
Most of us reacted by going “underground,” not identifying ourselves as veterans. Many of us suffered quietly from the subtly enduring effects of post traumatic shock. Some of us tried to go back to college, only to find the campuses rife with anti-war fervor, strikes and with fellow students who were incapable of understanding what we had been through, and who could not separate we warriors from the government that had sent us there.
When the Jan Scruggs formed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in April of 1979 to raise money to build a memorial to those who had fallen in Vietnam, he found the going tough, but over the the next three years was able to raise $8.4 million dollars in private donations. Maya Lin, a newly minted architecture graduate won the competition for the design, which most thought was going to be too minimalist, not heroic enough in concept.
Since The Wall was built and dedicated in 1982, it has become one of the most visited memorials on the National Mall.