Jan C. Scruggs is the founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and is responsible for the construction and placement of The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
In 1978 he started the fund by contributing $2200 of his own money for a memorial to be erected in memory of the 58,000 lives sacrified during the 20 year U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Scruggs was a combat infantryman who was with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He saw significant action during his tour in 1969-1970 and was wounded in action. Upon his return and recovery, he began a crusade for Vietnam Veterans that is as relevant and poignant today as it was August 5, 1978 when he wrote an article for the Washington Post.
From its inception. The Wall was intended to not only memorialize those who sacrificed their lives but also to foster a healing about the war. It does both. The healing process continues today. For over 32 years, The Wall has been the most visited memorial in the world.
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