on January 9, 2007
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, or commonly referred to as the Vietnam Memorial Wall, is a moving tribute to those who served and died in combat in the Vietnam War, or those who have been listed with the Department of Defense as Prisoners of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA). It also stands in commemoration of all those who served in the Vietnam War.The Wall, constructed in the 1980s, features 70 black granite panels bearing the names of over 50,000 Vietnam Veterans. This memorial sits in the shadows of the Washington Memorial, in a quiet location among the urban jungle of a city. All of the hustle and bustle seems to go away upon seeing this simple, yet moving, memorial. A sense of silence comes over everyone there. No yelling, no commotion, a silent reverence comes over the place. People have the opportunity to "rub" the names of loved one or friends with a pencil and a piece of paper. You can't help but stop and pursue the names, even if you don't have any connection or knowledge of who these people are. This $9 million dollar memorial is a truly memorable and educational experience. Everyone should take it in, at least once.
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