When it was unveiled in 1982, nothing but controversy met the design of Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the 58,000 Americans who ... More
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
When it was unveiled in 1982, nothing but controversy met the design of Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the 58,000 Americans who died in the Vietnam War or remain missing in action. Maya Ying Lin may have been no more than a 21-year-old graduate student when she won the design contest for this memorial, but her work is now etched in the memories of countless visitors who have walked along this black granite wall filled with names.
As a D.C. native I'll tell you that this is a bit tough to find, but it's probably the most touching monument there. I can't say enough nice things about it. Again, this probably isn't more than an hour or so. It's free and I don't think I've ever had to wait in line.
I was there on the third of July and with the mass number of people that were present you would have expected it to be very loud. It was not. There was a silence that was deafening. A group of Vietnam Helicopter Pilots were there and it was one of the most moving things I saw during my visit. I have to stop everyone of them I saw to thank them for their contribution to our freedom, past and future. It was remarkable!
Visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was one of the most emotional places I have ever visited. I was finally able to open old wounds and allow the pain to leave me and a final healing to replace those wounds. I know of very few places where the reverence of the visitors is so obvious even though the Vietnam War was so unpopular. I highly reccomend it to all RVN vets and their families.
Well, my grandfather served in the Vietnam War, so this place really hit me hard. I bought him a postcard and sent it to him after I went. The postcard had a picture of a woman making a rubbing from someone she had known and their name was on the wall. This is really a good place to go to remember people who fought and died for our country.
I have never been to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, but I would like to go soon. I am doing a Power Point Project on this amazing object in history. I just thank god that it's not one of my relatives names on the wall. It must be very moving from all the reviews I've heard. I also think it's amazing that there are more than 58,000 peoples names on the wall who gave us the right to be free. I am very glad that I chose this topic because I am also learning about things in life that really matter.
The memorial to me is a bless, specially for all of us that lost dear ones in that war. When I found his name I understood that this monument ejects the importance of their life�s way beyond their death. In that terrible war, that affected a whole generation (my generation), I lost a very dear friend. My best and never forgotten friend. He was a very young man full of moral, religious and patriotic values, that went to the war strongly believing he was fighting to protect liberty and democracy against communism. I still keep one of his letters where he expresses this fellings. For America and for all that America stands for. Protect her, stand besides her and honor her, because that is what they died for. God bless America!
The simplicity of this memorial doesn't detract from its power. This memorial is neither politicizing or glorifying the Vietnam War, it simply pays hommage to the many thousand brave Americans who served their country in a dismal place half way around the globe, and gave everything they had to offer. It is an absolute must see.
The Vietnam Memorial is a place where you feel you need to be quiet and reverent because of the lost lives that it represents.
A need for quiet reflection and a thankfulness for what was given is the response that is felt. Everyone needs to see it understand how many lives were lost.
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