Vietnam Veterans Memorial Opens

  • Congress Appropriates Land for Vietnam Memorial - On July 1, 1980 Congress authorizes 3 acres near the Lincoln Memorial for the site of the Memorial.
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial Design Competition Winner Selected - On May 6, 1981 a jury of eight architects and sculptors unanimously selected a design by Maya Ying Lin, a 21-year-old Yale University architecture student from Athens, Ohio, as the winner from 1,421 entries.
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial Design Approved - On March 11, 1982 Maya Lin's design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is formally approved.
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial Ground Breaking - On March 26, 1982 ground is formally broken to begin construction of the Memorial.
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial Opens - On November 13, 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated after a march to its site by thousands of Vietnam War veterans. As a National Memorial it was administratively listed on the National Register of Historic Places the same day.