Walking through this park-like area, the memorial appears as a rift in the earth . . . . we can barely make out the carved names upon the memorial walls. These names, seemingly infinite in number, convey the sense of overwhelming numbers, while unifying those individuals into a whole. For this memorial is meant not as a memorial to the individual, but rather as a memorial to the men and women who died during the war, as a whole.
Maya Ying Lin
-- Round Two: Choosing the Design --
Two moves from President Carter's approval of the location legislation
in July 1980 through the process of articulating goals for a memorial that
summer, to announcing a design competition on November 11, 1980, to the
end of the competition March 31, 1981, and to the selection of Maya Lin
as the winner on May 1, 1981.
August: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund moves to a larger office.
Aug 10: "Cold Stone Man," by Lewis W. Bruchey, Washington Post, 08/10/80, C4 (Lexis-Nexis)
19: "Reagan Calls Arms Race Essential To Avoid a 'Surrender' or 'Defeat,'"
by Howell Raines,
02: "Vietnam Veteran Grateful to Reagan," by Tom Carhart, New
York Times, 09/02/80, A22
??: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund rejects sculptor Hart's design
and decides on
Oct 12: "Soldier's Home," by Gregory D. Foster, New York Times, 10/12/80, D21 (New York Times)
Oct 13: "War in Memories," by Phil McCombs, Washington Post, 10/31/80, 8:9 (Lexis-Nexis)
Nov 11: "Design
Competition For Vietnam Memorial," by Paul Richard,
The competition is announced: see design prospectus (all in Course Documents)
Dec **: "Coming to Terms with Vietnam," by Peter Marin, Harpers, December 1980, 41-56-- Vietnam Veterans Memorial Design Competition (entry form)
Dec **: "A Veteran
Writes," by Fred Reed, Harpers, December 1980, 44
Jan 21: Iran hostages freed
Feb ??: Jan Scruggs goes fulltime working for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
01: "Vietnam Veterans Parade in Shadow of 52 Hostages," by Iver Peterson,
Feb 12: "An Unpopular
War, A Lasting Memorial; A Memorial to Those Who Died in Vietnam,"
Mar 31: competition deadline
21: H. Ross Perot agrees to fund the $160,000 for the competition
and states that he
Apr 26: National Day of Recognition for Veterans of the Vietnam Era (CBS commentary??)
27: "A Tardy Tribute to the Veterans of a Divisive War," by Mike
Apr 27: Judging entries begins through May 1.
May 01: Winner is chosen: Maya Lin.
May 04: Scruggs informs Perot of the winning design and gets a negative reaction.
04: Letter from Spreiregen answering questions about having a veteran
on the jury. (Course
May 06: News conference announcing winner (see references p. 69 in Healing)
Jun 15: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial: A Description of the Design Concept, by the"Student Wins War Memorial Contest," New York Times, 05/07/81: A20 (New York Times)
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (Course Documents)