Monday, September 15, 2014

Washington DC Vietnam Veterans' Memorial

Our World Tuesday Graphic

Our World Tuesday

August 2014 - Washington DC

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors U.S. service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War, service members who died in service in Vietnam/South East Asia, and those service members who were unaccounted for (Missing In Action) during the War.

The Wall is not visible as you walk towards it as the walls are sunk into the ground, with the earth behind them. This was a surprise to us as we had only seen the wall on TV and it appeared to be at ground level.

The Memorial Wall, designed by Maya Lin, is made up of two gabbro walls 246 feet 9 inches (75.21 m) long. At the highest tip (the apex where they meet), they are 10.1 feet (3.1 m) high, and they taper to a height of 8 inches (20 cm) at their extremities.

 Stone for the wall came from Bangalore, Karnataka, India, and was deliberately chosen because of its reflective quality. Stone cutting and fabrication was done in Barre, Vermont. Stones were then shipped to Memphis, Tennessee where the names were etched. The etching was completed using a photoemulsion and sandblasting process. The negatives used in the process are in storage at the Smithsonian Institution. 

When a visitor looks upon the wall, his or her reflection can be seen simultaneously with the engraved names, which is meant to symbolically bring the past and present together. One wall points toward the Washington Monument, the other in the direction of the Lincoln Memorial, meeting at an angle of 125° 12′. Each wall has 72 panels, 70 listing names (numbered 1E through 70E and 70W through 1W) and 2 very small blank panels at the extremities. There is a pathway along the base of the Wall, where visitors may walk.

The Three Soldiers Statue


  1. So many names too. A powerful monument to visit.

  2. Wow! that stone wall. Didn't know it had a Bangalore connection.
    That picture of the wall with the reflection of the monument and the walkway is awesome.

  3. The statues are so life-like. Amazing!


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