Since 1979 many articles have been written about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and my role. This great work of art, national healing and commemoration has been covered extensively as a unique and interesting historical event.
In 1981 there was a deep national controversy over the Memorial design which resulted in the 1984 addition of the Three Servicemen Statue at an event attended by President Reagan on Veterans Day.
Below there is considerable historical information. Most is very well written and researched.
"Let us strive to bind the Nation's Wounds" -Abraham Lincoln
I did an extensive interview at West Point pointing out the efforts taken by graduates in creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from 1979- 1982. We had some real talent including Bob Kimmitt, then at the National Security Council and Tom Shull, then a White House Fellow. Kimmitt later became our ambassador to Germany. Shull became CEO of the Armed Forces Exchange Service. John P Wheeler III was a crucial ally who was murdered in 2011. The crime is unsolved. He was with the USMA class of 1966.
Jan Scruggs, recipient of the 2017 Lasting Impact Award from the ICCFA Educational Foundation, envisioned a Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., that would include the names of all who died in the war, and spearheaded the effort to get it built.
The 2019 article below is well done discusses my views on a number of subjects.
This is fascinating in that I was at The Wall with NPR Reporter Alex Chadwick. He asked where my friends were on the Memorial who died on January 21 1970. I had no idea where they were engraved, but we found them. My reaction is worth hearing.
In 2015 I launched an effort to study a national Memorial to those who have been fighting the Global War on Terror (GWOT) I assembled a group of talented people including former career Green Beret Officer John Fenzel. People like General David Petraeus gave me their views. I sought publicity and soon found a group of Veterans who were ready to take the endeavor over. Maybe you would like to donate.
Some talented journalists looked at public works of art that have have had a societal impact on America and our citizens.
The controversy, said Jan Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Fund, arose when the winning design, chosen May 6, ...
Ross Perot was an early ally, but greatly disliked the Maya Lin design and nearly scuttled the project. I had dinner with him in 2004 and we shook hands. He was an amazing leader in business.
It is not easy being famous! I always try to repair friendships.