How to read The Wall
Panel numbers are on the bottom of every panel. Names are arranged alphabetically by date of casualty, beginning at the center apex with panel IE (under 1959), down panel 1E, then moving right towards 70E, then from 70W towards the center, and ending in the middle on 1W.
The first and last casualties are side by side at the heart of the memorial. Line numbers count down from the top of each panel. On the edge of every other panel are white dots every 10 lines. Count down 4 dots and you’re on line 40.
Name rubbings cannot be done on The Wall That Heals, but we would be happy to send you an authentic rubbing from The Wall in Washington, D.C. See the Information Tent for Name Rubbing Request Forms.
The Symbols on The Wall
Each name is preceded (on the West Wall) or followed (on the East Wall) by a symbol designating status. ♦ A diamond denotes that the service member’s death was confirmed. + The cross symbol denotes the person was missing at the end of the war and remains missing and unaccounted for. (+) The diamond is superimposed over the cross when a service member’s remains are returned or otherwise accounted for; and a circle – as a symbol of life – would be inscribed around the cross if a service member ever returned alive.
Facts about The Wall
The Wall That Heals (TWTH) is a half scale, 250 – foot long model of the Memorial that is in Washington, D.C. It is made up of 44 aluminum sheets with 3 panels each.
The original Wall in Washington, D.C. was dedicated on November 13, 1982. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), founded by Jan C. Scruggs, worked with veterans to convince Congress to give the land for a memorial to honor the service members who served in Vietnam. The $8.4 million raised to build The Wall came entirely from private donations from individuals, veterans and civic organizations, corporations, foundations and unions.
The memorial was designed by Maya Lin, then a Yale undergraduate, after she won a national design competition open to any U.S citizen 18 years of age or above.
There are currently 58,307 names on The Wall which includes both KIA and MIA. There are still more than 1,600 service members unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.
The Wall That Heals site info
TWTH site is open to the public day and night throughout the visit. The Information Tent has the book of names. Visitors are encouraged to visit the mobile Education Center and Information Tent to learn about all of VVMF’s programs and understand what more needs to be done to complete the Education Center.
Wall of Faces
VVMF is committed to finding a photo of every service member on The Wall. Photos are displayed online at www.vvmf.org/wall-of-faces and will be displayed in the Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in D.C. once it’s built. More than 42,000 photos have been collected so far. VVMF volunteers can scan photos onsite or photos can be uploaded directly to the VVMF site or copies can be mailed into the VVMF office.
In Memory is a VVMF program in which we honor Vietnam veterans who have died from Vietnam-related causes – but are not eligible for inscription on The Wall based on Department of Defense guidelines. Causes include: Agent Orange-related cancers, PTSD/suicide, heart attack, diabetes, etc. More information can be found at www.vvmf.org/InMemory.
For more information
The Wall That Heals is a program of VVMF. To learn more about TWTH or any other VVMF programs, the Education Center and how you can help, please go to: