The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C is located in Constitution Garden adjacent to the National Mall. Completed in 1982, the memorial was designed by American architect Maya Lin to honour those U.S service members of the U.S armed forces who fought during the Vietnam War and consists of (approx.) 58,195 names. The wall is to commemorate those who died and those who were unaccounted for (Missing In Action) during the war.
In addition to the wall, Lin also added a bronze sculpture named 'The Three Soldiers' and is sometimes also known as 'The Three Servicemen' which are purposely identifiable as a white American, African American and a Hispanic American. The positioning of the sculpture caused some controversy as people thought it should be placed with the wall because of their connection. But Lin insisted that by doing so, it would take away the effect and significance of the wall - making it just a backdrop to the sculpture.The statue was unveiled in 1984, two years after the wall was completed. In the final arrangement of the two, the statue and the wall were composed to "interact" with each other, facing the statue towards the wall having the soldiers looking on in "solemn tribute at their fallen comrades".