Saturday, November 12, 2016

A Meeting of Earth, Sky and Remembered Names

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

There are 58,256 names etched in white against a polished black granite wall. Visitors often linger at a particular spot, or take rubbings of one of the names on the wall. More than 400,000 items have been left, from medals and dog tags to teddy bears and handwritten notes. But as you approach The Wall the mood of the place is almost palpably sacred. Mourners cry. Visitors move slowly and speak in hushed tones. To stand here and see all those names is so humbling in it's realization of the amount of lives that were lost. So many names of so many Americans whose memory is immortalized in that marble wall.

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