Vietnam War Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial serves as a testament to the sacrifice of American military personnel during one of this nation's least popular wars. The memorial consists of three distinct sections. "The wall", the three service men statue and flagpole and the women in service to the Vietnam war statue. The purpose of this memorial is to separate the issue of the sacrifices of the veterans from the U.S. policy in the war, thereby creating a venue for reconciliation. Many come to remember loved ones and to honor their sacrifice. You can obtain sheets for rubbings from the National Park Service booth near the entrance. They can also help with location of names.
The Vietnam Memorial is also known as 'The Black Wall'. The wall was the names of all the soldiers who died during the Vietnam War. There was one family I saw who were rubbing the wall and collecting the names of the people they knew.
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