Monday, March 29, 2010

My World Tuesday


The weekend before last I was in Washington DC. Last Tuesday I posted photos of the WWII War Memorial and this time I am sharing the The Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
You always find groups of Vietnam Vets standing with their flags nearby.
I have been coming to The Wall for many years and it never fails, by the time I have walked the length of it I can't describe the feeling that comes over me, always the same feeling every time. It is very moving to see all those names etched into the black granite.
The Memorial Wall was designed by 21 year old under-graduate student Maya Ying Lin who was picked out of 1,421 entries. It was dedicated on November 13th, 1981.
You will find people looking for the names of family members and friends.
Often you will find people making pencil rubbings.
You will find all kinds of offerings to loved ones, such as flowers....
wreathes.....
and letters to friends.
Those letters can move you to tears.

-->Not too far away from The Wall is a statue called The Three Soldiers, also known as The Three Servicemen. It stands almost eight feet tall and was designed by Frederick Hart.

The soldier in the middle was modeled after a 21-year-old Marine stationed in the Washington DC area in 1983. The soldier holding the machine gun on his shoulder was modeled after a Cuban-American, and the African-American is a composite of several young men the sculptor used as models.
It is truly magnificent and evocative. The statue reminds us of the youth, courage and diversity of the soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War.
A little further on you will find the Women's Memorial sculpted by Glenna Goodacre. It was unveiled on Veteran's Day, November 11th, 1993.
There is a scaled-down replica of this statue at The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial State Park in Angel Fire, New Mexico. (Glenna Goodacre also designed the obverse of the Sacagawea coin that entered circulation in the United States in 2000.)
Another incredible statue that leaves one very moved at the sight of it.

Thank you Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy, Louise and Sylvia for hosting My World.

36 comments:

Martha Z said...

I, too, have been moved seeing these monuments in person. No matter what one feels about war I can't imagine not being moved by the sacrifice of these brave men and women.

Kathiesbirds said...

Wonderful Denise! I have never been there but would love to go. Gus just missed getting called up, thank God. War changes everyone and everyting.

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Thank you so much for sharing these moving pictures, and the added educational commentary. I haven't been to Washington to see these, but I'm told how emotional it is to visit this particular memorial. That letter you pictured just breaks my heart.

noel said...

aloha,

thanks for sharing a little bit about your world today, thats a very beautiful scene the entire lenght of the wall, i read the letter you had enlarged it was really special!

EG Wow said...

I am moved whenever I see photos of the wall so it must be awesome to see it in person.

Jack and Joann said...

Denise, you captured the wall so well with all these beautiful but sad shots. This past week on my blog I wrote about James Pleiman who was killed in the Gulf of Tonkien. His name is on the wall. He was my high school classmate.

Samson said...

This is a wonderful post, thanks for sharing

Rajesh said...

That is lot of names listed there. I wish them all th peace in the world.

Patty said...

Thanks for sharing. We have never seen the Wall. I know Abe's nephew's name is on there someplace, and my cousin's husband is also. So many that lost their lives.

antigoni said...

Amazing post, Denise. It's very touching, especially the letter from a friend to his lost friend.

Richard @ The Bewildered Brit said...

I remember the first time I visited the Vietnam War Memorial. It was an icy December day about 20 years ago. It was very moving, and the silence of the snow just heightened the emotion.

Sylvia K said...

I have always wanted to visit there, this was the next best thing -- your photos are incredible. It is a very emotional place, more so than many others and I don't think anyone who has been there can ever forget the feelings that they had. We do need the reminder of the sacrifices of so many. Thank you, Denise!

Sylvia

SandyCarlson said...

These are great shots. The Pieta-like women's monument is just plain incredible. All of these are astounding, though. The slightly larger than life scale of the figures makes them awesome and accessible at the same time.

Al said...

That is a very moving memorial - I was there last summer. It's sobering to think that every one of those names was a person who made the ultimate sacrifice. My mind doesn't grasp it. Thanks for sharing these photos.

Marina said...

Wow...very interesting post. I enjoyed reading about the wall and did not know it was designed by a 21 years old. Thanks for sharing...

JOE TODD said...

It has been years since I've been there, but yout post gave me goosebumps. Having lived through that era and having lost a few friends many memories come flooding back. Thank you

Wren said...

It is incredibly moving, especially for those of us who came of age during the Vietnam war. To be there when a son or daughter is paying tribute to the parent they never knew is beyond words to express.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

The Wall is on my bucket list of things to see in Washington. I have never talked to anybody who wasn't moved by it.
Great post.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh how fabulous, Denise.... I love seeing all of the memorials ---and get teary just thinking about all of the families who lost loved ones. That letter did bring me to tears. Life is wonderful and life is HARD.

Thanks for sharing.... I hope to go there sometime in person.
Hugs,
Betsy

Ebie said...

Hi Denise, what a great post. This place is the most visited memorial and it always bring me to tears.

Thanks for the virtual tour.

Cloudia said...

Thank you for sharing this moving post.




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Indrani said...

Very touching post!

Randi said...

This is a wonderful and touching post, thanks for sharing this!

gigihawaii said...

Beautiful pics, Denise! I feel the same way when I tour the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

hip chick said...

what a great post. It's so important that we don't forget. I have never been there but hope to be able to one day. We did have the traveling Vietnam war memorial wall here last Memorial Day and even that was very touching to see folks looking for the names of their friends and loved ones.

Ramosforest.Environment said...

History and feeling. Great shots.
Luiz Ramos

Riet said...

How wonderful to be able to go there. What beautiful pictures. THose statues and sculptures are fabulous.I have been looking several times. Thank you

Self Sagacity said...

These pictures are informative to me, cause I didn't even know about it. Denise, there is an award waiting for you at SelfSagacity.com. Have a wonderful day!

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Wonderful pictures of the Vietnam Memorial. I've seen The Wall in DC but I've seen the traveling wall as well when it came to our hometown.

Abraham said...

My nephew, Gordon Lee Goins, has his name there from Vietnam. What a loss it was to me. He had come home and reported in to all of us on what all he did. He reenlisted and went back over to his old unit and as an MP with his faithful dog, walked the walk and stepped on a mine. His body was shorted about 12 inches.

George said...

I've been to the Wall twice and it never fails to move me.

James said...

Great pictures of a wonderful memorial. I would be proud to take pictures with those great reflections.

jabblog said...

A wonderful and sobering post. It is the sheer number of lives lost that is so difficult to comprehend. Actually, it amazes me that anyone survived such carnage. Politicians the world over have a lot to answer for.

Craver Vii said...

Those statues are amazing! Have you ever tried sculpting? The closest I ever came was a little pottery in high school. I am in awe over how some people can do that sort of thing.

Kathy said...

I am moved to tears whenever I even see pictures of this memorial. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to look at it here.

Margaret Cloud said...

Denise these pictures and your descriptions is so moving. The figures are so life like. Like your other post, I must go to Washington to see these. Thank you for sharing with us, your pictures are very nice. Thank you for coming by and have a nice Easter.