Brown Sign: Vietnam Memorial, Washington, D.C.

IMG_2270The morning after we strolled passed the Lincoln Memorial, a light snow fell in Washington, D. C.  We took another walk to the Mall. this time passing by the Vietnam Memorial.  On every other occasion that I have been by The Wall, the walkways have been filled with tourists and visitors seeking names on the wall.  This morning was the first time that I have seen it alone.  We could see one end to the other with only the reflection of the snow.  We passed by the other two sets of sculptures, which are part of the Vietnam Memorial.  One depicts a group of soldiers seeking something.  The other remembers the women who supported and cared for the injured soldiers through the Army Medical Specialist Corp.IMG_2262IMG_2271

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Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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10 Responses to Brown Sign: Vietnam Memorial, Washington, D.C.

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Sobering and emotional isn’t it~

  2. Mother Suzanna says:

    Amazing that no one “spoiled” your quiet moment. Easier to have thoughts then…remembering Aunt Barb and her contribution while in the Army Medical Specialist Corp at the U.S. evacuation hospital in Japan. Amazing lady.

  3. Barneysday says:

    This is the most moving memorial that I’ve ever seen. I recall all the controversy when it was first proposed, all the cries of it being just a slash in the ground, but it turned out to be a very moving monument to a very sad time in our history. Great pictures.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Each war has it images. As the 19th and 20th centuries progressed, the personal images of soldiers in battle were replaced more and more by machines which obscured the individuals running them. Part of the image of the wall, when viewed from across the lawn is the wingspan of a plane. Initially this may seem impersonal, much as the carpet bombing of Vietnam and Cambodia. But, with a closer view you see all the names carved into that wing span. Thanks for writing.

      • Barneysday says:

        I knew about the wingspan, but I believe few, do. I have three friends names on that wall, one died less than 6 months after HS graduation.

      • hermitsdoor says:

        War has no value on the personal level. We are left only with the dead, injured, and traumatized, whether soldiers or civilians. Though your friends died decades ago, I’m sure that on occasions you still have moments of grief now.

  4. Very touching statues especially the one of the injured – reminds you that this is about human suffering.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      The women nurses statue obviously protrays the anguish. But, more subtly does the men looking across the field trying to find something… a lost soldier? their unit? someone movig in the distance? Thanks for writing.

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