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A wall of names

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Why locals love it

The Vietnam War marks a turning point in how Americans experience apathy (about war, government, radicalism, counter-culture, lack of transparency, etc.). The main part of the memorial is made up of two gabbro walls with over 58,000 names inscribed in plain typeface and spacing, mimicking the normalcy of loss during this particular war.

Why you should visit it

The two walls meet at a 10 foot apex and descend into the ground as they extend away from each other, as in a wound. Near the main part of the memorial there are other features. First, a bronze statue named "The Three Soldiers" depicting American men of different races as equal soldiers. Also, women's memorial honoring nurses and a memorial plaque.

Special tip

Visitors take a piece of paper to the wall and rub a pencil over it as a memento of the loved one.

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2 Comments

One of the most moving, beautiful monuments in the city if not the US. Nothing like it anywhere. Moving
Cynthia
Local
February 13, 2018
Awe inspiring.
Janel
Local
November 5, 2017

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