Friday, July 27, 2018

Photos: Vietnam Veterans Memorial

 The Vietnam War Memorial is actually really close by the Lincoln Memorial, but it's easy to miss. The wall isn't nearly as tall as I had imagined.
 A very popular spot as well, plenty of tourists in your way too. 
But The Wall has every U.S. service member who was either killed or MIA during the Vietnam War. I believe it should highlight the fact that we use many good common people for war. Just one of those names was too many to lose. It's amazing how many names are on this wall. Every baby boomer alive should know at least one person who is on this wall, and that's sad.     
But I'm glad I got to see it for the first time. One of the most beautiful memorials they've done in the city.  

13 comments:

Mary Kirkland said...

There are a lot of names on that wall and that's sad as hell.

Christine said...

Interesting that you thought it was taller.

NanaDiana said...

I know several people on that wall I am sorry to say. I think they didn't make it any taller so that people searching for others could find their names and not have to look up too far. There is also a traveling Vietnam war memorial- identical to that one only much smaller. It comes in on a big semi and they offload it and set it up.

Birgit said...

I was actually there for the grand opening of this memorial....not that it should be grand or anything like that but it is almost a holy site from the way people gravitate to it. I was on a class trip to Washington from Canada (Welland Ontario). I was so interested in it but the stupid kids I was with voted to go to a mall..a mall! There was only myself and 2 others who wanted to stay. I well remember the Vietnam vets who were sitting nearby and I was looking at them wondering what to ask but scared to when one asked what the hell i was looking at. I ducked away but I was so wanting to ask them questions.

Anonymous said...

so many lives lost, so sad,

Henny Penny said...

I can see why it was not built higher, because of what NanaDiana. I would have imagined it higher too. It is sad to see so many names there.

Lowcarb team member said...

An interesting post Adam, and very interesting to read the comments too.

All the best Jan

happyone said...

Lots of names and it is sad.

Red said...

I saw it in 1992. People watched it in silence.

Sakuranko said...

Oh very good memorial darling
xx

Martha said...

It is indeed very sad

Su-sieee! Mac said...

They (I have no idea who they are) have a traveling version of this memorial. It has come twice to our town. It's so overwhelming to behold.

Theresa Mahoney said...

You're right, one name on that memorial is too many. While I don't know anyone listed on it, my heart breaks for every name there.