The has announced a $10 million grant from the in support of the fund's campaign to build an education center near the in Washington, D.C.
The $130 million Education Center at the Wall will be an interactive learning facility featuring multimedia exhibits that provide first-person accounts of veterans and ordinary Americans who lived through the Vietnam War era. Exhibits will focus on the significance of the era and how its impact and consequences continue to resonate. Key exhibits will include a two-story Wall of Faces, a display of the 58,315 individuals whose names are inscribed in the wall, and an exhibit of some six thousand of the more than four hundred thousand items that have been left by visitors to the memorial over the years. The 25,000-square-foot center, which will be constructed mostly underground, will be situated across the street from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall.
"This grant from Lilly Endowment is a big step forward in ensuring that the legacies of our Vietnam veterans will be preserved for future generations," said VVMF president and CEO Jim Knotts. "As VVMF commemorates the thirty-fifth anniversary of the wall and its impact on America, it's important to point out that our work is not done. With each passing day, we are losing the voices that can tell the first-hand accounts of the Vietnam War and era."