What were the reactions or responses to the execution or construction of the Vietnam War Memorial?

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Although there was significant opposition when Maya Lin’s concept for the Vietnam War Memorial was unveiled, there was very little opposition once the memorial was actually constructed.  Once it was in place, the memorial quickly became one of the most revered memorials in the United States.

Once the memorial was actually constructed, the controversy over its design essentially disappeared.  The memorial struck essentially everyone with its emotional power.  Essentially everyone came to recognize that it truly did honor those who died and whose names were listed on the wall.  This fact can be seen, for example, in the fact that so many people left so many things at the wall as tributes to loved ones named there.  The regard that people have for the memorial can also be seen in the popularity of the travelling replica that has been circulating around the United States for years.

Thus, while Lin’s design was controversial, the memorial, once completed, caused almost unanimous positive reactions from the US public.