Maya Lin- Vietnam Memorial (2)

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Maya Lin entered a nationwide competition to design a monument to honor the soldiers who had served and died in the Vietnam War. As a 21-year-old senior at Yale, she won the competition and designed the memorial in Washington, D.C. The memorial is polished, V-shaped granite wall, with each side measuring 247 feet, with the names of more than 58,000 soldiers killed or missing in action listed in order of death. This memorial caused uproar with the public when it was designed and caused Lin a draining experience.

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Portrait of Maya Ying Lin who designed the Vietnam Memorial. Washington D.C.  (Photo by James P. Blair/National Geographic/Getty Images)
Portrait of Maya Ying Lin who designed the Vietnam Memorial. Washington D.C. (Photo by James P. Blair/National Geographic/Getty Images)

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