VVMF - Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund built The Wall in 1982 and, since then, the Memorial has become a global icon, drawing more than 110 million visitors from countries around the world.
Its impact on our culture has been immense. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial transformed the way Americans care for returning veterans. It has become the repository of more than 150,000 powerful remembrances left it tribute to those we lost. And, it has defined a time in our history that affected 40 million Americans and millions more around the world.A powerful addition to the National Mall, the Education Center at The Wall, was authorized unanimously by Congress in 2003 and will be a living, interactive learning facility with the unique ability to move both forward and backward through time.
Benefiting from the talents of award-winning and world-renowned exhibit designer Ralph Appelbaum, the Education Center will:
• Teach the values and tell the stories of those who served. These stories are being collected through our partnerships with the Library of Congress, the National Association of Counties, state government cabinet secretaries and education commissioners, numerous media partners and more than 400 educators in our Teach Vietnam Teachers Network.
• Display photographs of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam War. Photos are being collected nationwide: by high school and middle school students across the country as part of VVMF's Hometown Heroes Service Learning Project; from visitors to VVMF's half-scale traveling Wall, The Wall That Heals; and through veteran's groups, Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs and other community organizations.
• Showcase the remembrances and moving tributes left at The Wall. A program is underway, funded by VVMF, to work with the National Park Service to index, digitize and highlight some of the powerful remembrances that have been left at The Wall, using them to tell the story of the Vietnam War era and those who served.
• Showcase the rich legacy of service embodied by Americans, from Lexington and Concord through today's conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. This content is being collected through our partnerships with the History Channel, Time Warner and Getty Images.
• Highlight the sacrifices and commitment of America's allies and the growth of those bonds through time.