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Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Threetango, Dec 6, 2012.
Outside the wall looking in.
Inside the wall looking out.
Wow. It got me, too.
Touches the soul.
In my former career I visited DC often. I have never been in the military, but I was drawn to The Wall each time I was there. I always walked away with a profound sense of pride and tears in my eyes from the small remembrances at the base.
Over the years I visited the memorials and monuments in DC many times and never got bored with them.
I chose my country, most of you were gifted with it when you were born here. Appreciate what you have.
i had scene the first photo before.. never the other. very cool
Thank you for the pictures... Very cool!
Random fact about the Vietnam memorial...
Designed by a Vietnamese American, who I believe was a teen at the time.
Close, but no cigar.
Maya Lin, a Chinese American, was born in Athens, Ohio. Her parents immigrated to the United States from China in 1949 and settled in Ohio in 1958, one year before Maya Lin was born.
In 1981, at age 21 and while still an undergraduate, Lin won a public design competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, beating out 1,441 other competition submissions.
Very well, I'd always heard she was Vietnamese. Much the same story as you just told, but that she was about 17 when she designed it.
I visited "The Wall" in 2000. I had to walk away frolm my family to compose myself. VERY moving experience even though I'm a little too young to have participated.
I've always loved that 1st picture you posted, and I've seen others like it, very powerful, and a very powerful place! I saw a documentary awhile ago about all the things left at wall by people over the years, very moving piece that I would recommend.
I visited that wall in D.C., too. I cried like a baby the whole time I was there. So many lives gone. Sons, fathers, brothers, husbands.
For the trauma our heroes returning from Vietnam endured they deserve a lot more than a wall. I have a hard time not shedding a tear at any of the memorials in the DC area. I know/knew someone who survived every war since WWI. I can see the faces of ones who have passed away when I look at a memorial. I can't imagine what someone who lost a son or father feels when they see that same mental image.
The Wall is almost too much to take in. All of those brave men and women, the names seem to go on forever. I took this when we visited last year.
So sad but so incredible at the same time.
Our Legion does an awesome job here in our little town of Munnsville and we had the Moving Wall on Display for a Week at our local High School. The whole town and all the folks with backhoes and such did a huge preparation for it and It was so awesome! People came from hundreds of miles around, the Bikes coming past my house were endless for days! That was a solemn and proud moment for all of us. One of the only times I can ever remember where The Red and The Blue crowds were joined by the White as a whole Citizen. No partisan politics in that crowd, only Americans remembering folks they missed so badly that it transcends everything else.
I have a print of the 1st picture on one of my walls in my house with some fallen Heroes who I had the privilege of serving with.
I also visited the Vietnam Memorial twice; once during Memorial day and the other just a random day. Both time there where buddies leaving gifts. Something I will never forget and I will go there again when my son is at least 12 years old.
Those pictures got me too. Every time I see a picture of The Wall, I think for a second about how brave those men were.