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.
You absolutely must take your family to see this memorial. For those of us baby boomers who were teenagers and twenty's during the war, it will certainly bring back many memories. An appropriate memorial to those of our generation who gave their all for the country and to preserve freedom.
Once you go you will have to go back again. The feelings that are shared at that Memorial is one of sadness, yet gratitude. Its our history, its a piece of all of us, and everyone needs to go at least once in their lifetime.
I find the experience hard to describe. I will never take my freedom for granted again. What a tragedy. Yet, we are free to remember those who gave their all. Every man and woman in America should make the journey. Teens need to experience this before they venture into adulthood.
Seeing this wall was the saddest thing I have ever done. It is so powerful. Even though I cried, it was worth it to pay my respects and to say a silent prayer of thank you for the sacrifice for your country.
This was an amazing experience, and I was awed by the magnitude of names.
The design is brilliant, and the statues at the site are an added bonus.
You're sure to see a Vet or two there and rememberances of loved ones left behind.
The Wall is a very solemn place that reminds us that our freedom is not free.
If you visit here, there's nothing that I can tell you to make your visit either good or bad. Everyone experiences their own thing when they visit the wall.
I go every year and ride in Rolling Thunder (Memorial Day weekend). This ride honors our fallen, prisoners of war and those missing in action that have not yet come home. It is an awesome experience and I've had my husband take two of my three children. This one weekend out of the year taught my kids more about patriotism and sacrifice than any school or book could ever do. It is truly an awesome thing to ride with 250,000+ bikes from the Pentagon to the Wall. People come from all over the country/world to attend and people line up all along your routes to salute, cheer and wave the American flag.
This is an experience no one would ever forget.
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