Symbolic and emotional
From the National Parks Service: "Deliberately setting aside the controversies of the war, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the men and women who served when their Nation called upon them. The designer, Maya Lin, felt that 'the politics had eclipsed the veterans, their service and their lives.” She kept the design elegantly simple to “allow everyone to respond and remember.'"
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BBUC gave this placeGreat tribute to the fallen.My partner made it a point to visit this tribute to our families who served in Vietnam, my father who survived and my partners cousin who did not, we were able to take an imprint of his name as a memento. It is a moving experience for sure. We also visited with my father and to watch him cry, I could only try to envision what he saw there.
YourPalPete gave this placeMoving Tribute to Veterans of a Controversial WarIt is a very emotional experience to visit this memorial, and I remember hearing the quiet sobs of other visitors. The design is austere and ingenious, with a depression in the earth representing a scar in our history. The black granite contains the names of the more than 58,200 Americans who were killed or missing. A visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a very emotional experience, and one that should not be missed.First to Review