|A Marine visits the Memorial|
Image by Meutia Chaerani - Indradi Soemardjan
On this day in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated along the National Mall in Washington, DC. From the History Channel (link),
First unveiled on November 13, 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial remains an atypical war monument. Its main feature, a V-shaped wall inscribed with the names of over 58,000 U.S. soldiers killed during the Vietnam War, lacks heroic or patriotic symbols, and its polished black granite façade contrasts with the white marble statues and structures surrounding it on the National Mall. Nonetheless, it has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Washington, D.C.
Often referred to as the "Wall", it is a powerful reminder of the greatest sacrifice. When I was stationed at the Pentagon, I volunteered with a veterans group who read the names of the service men etched on the "Wall" along with those who passed from Agent Orange.
|A Marine visits the Traveling Wall|
Kansas City Symphony
The Wall has become a place to heal, inspiring the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. From its website (link),
Our Wall is a 3/5 scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC, it stands six feet tall at the center and covers almost 300 feet from end to end.
This Traveling Memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. It was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships and to allow people the opportunity to visit loved ones in their home town who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington.
Do you know any Vietnam Veterans? Have you visited the Wall? One randomly selected commenter from this week's posts wins a book choice from our convention stash - these veterans defended our freedom to read romance. Comments are open through Saturday, November 14, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 15.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City