Is the National Mall Getting Too Crowded?

A site has been approved for a 25,000 square foot Center to accompany Maya Lin's iconic Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Not everyone thinks it's a good idea

Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial represents an understanding that the war’s fallen are better honored by silence than explanation. Yet this self-restraint has led the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the organization that funded and built the Memorial, to lobby for some exegesis: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Center. Legislation authorizing the 25,000-square-foot center—which would include a collection of artifacts, an interactive exhibition, and a resource library—passed in 2003, and a site was approved in August.

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