Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a $10 million grant to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. The funding will help the nonprofit organization build an education center at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.
VVMF says the interactive learning facility will feature first-person accounts of veterans and citizens who lived through the Vietnam War era. Exhibits will include a two-story display of the faces behind the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as well as thousands of items that have been left over the years by visitors.
The 25,000 square-foot Education Center at The Wall will be largely built underground to preserve the design of the national mall. The organization is continuing fundraising efforts for the $130 million campaign. The Lilly Endowment grant brings the total funds raised so far to $42.5 million. You can find more information on how to support the cause by clicking here.
Lilly Endowment Chief Executive Officer Clay Robbins says he hopes the grant will inspire others to support the project aiming to honor the sacrifice of more than 58,000 American service members who lost their lives in the war.