Grave 495 - Vietnam Veterans Memorial
"No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now." - Richard Nixon (#ftgnixon ) - Vietnam War
The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and the government of South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese army was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; the South Vietnamese army was supported by the United States, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war by some US perspectives. The war would last approximately 19 years and would also form the Laotian Civil War as well as the Cambodian Civil War, which resulted in all 3 countries becoming communist states in 1975.
Fun Fact: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a 2-acre U.S. national memorial in Washington D.C. It honors service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War, service members who died in service in Vietnam/South East Asia, and those service members who were unaccounted for (missing in action, MIA) during the war. The main part of the memorial, which was completed in 1982, is in Constitution Gardens adjacent to the National Mall, just northeast of the Lincoln Memorial. The memorial is maintained by the U.S. National Park Service, and receives around 3 million visitors each year. The Memorial Wall was designed by American architect Maya Lin. In 2007, it was ranked tenth on the "List of America's Favorite Architecture" by the American Institute of Architects. As a National Memorial, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This is a pic of me at “The Wall That Heals”. This is a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that is in Washington, D.C. The Wall That Heals came to our town in Franklinton, La.... and let me tell you what a humbling and amazing experience it was to visit it. To see so many names of men who made the ultimate sacrifice just so we can all live our everyday lives really hits home. Thank you to all Veterans who have served and are serving this beautiful country. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸