A Brief Chronology of the Vietnam
Women's Memorial Project
— excerpted from "Celebration of Patriotism and
Courage," Vietnam Women's Memorial Project, Inc.
1983 – The idea for the Vietnam Women's Memorial
is conceived by Diane Carlson Evans, RN, who served
in Vietnam as an Army Nurse
1984 – To place the statue at the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Vietnam Women's
Memorial Project is incorporated as a nonprofit
1985-1986 – Resolutions are passed at the national
conventions of major veteran organizations
supporting the efforts of the Vietnam Women's
1986 – First approval is obtained from the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc.
1986-1987 – With the first approval hurdle cleared,
fund-raising and education efforts begin.
1987 (September) – Second approval is obtained.
The secretary of the interior approves the concept.
1987 (October) – A public hearing by the Fine Arts
Commission rejects the Women's Memorial proposal.
1987 (November) – The Senate and House submit
companion bills authorizing the Vietnam Women's
Memorial at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the
1988 (February to October) – The political process
drags on as House and Senate hearings over the
memorial air out the details of the project and
debate its ultimate fate.
1988 (November) – President Reagan signs the
Senate bill into law, authorizing the Vietnam
1989-1990 – Desirable locations for the memorial
are determined, and possible sites begin their
journey through the approval process.
1990 (August) – A national competition is launched
for the design of the memorial.
1990 (Veteran's Day) – Co-finalists and honorable
mentions are announced from the design
1991 – Glenna Goodacre of Santa Fe, N.M., an
honorable-mention winner, is selected by the
Vietnam Women's Memorial Project board of directors
to design the memorial.
1991 (Autumn) – Glenna Goodacre's design is
approved by the appropriate federal agencies.
1992 (November 12) – A plaque-unveiling ceremony
takes place at the site of the Vietnam Women's
1993 (July 29) – The groundbreaking ceremony for
the Vietnam Women's Memorial occurs.
1993 (August) – A 21-city whistle-stop tour of the
Vietnam Women's Memorial kicks off in Santa Fe,
N.M., en route to its final destination of Washington,
1993 (November) – The dedication of the Vietnam
Women's Memorial takes place.