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This is one of Washington D.C.’s most visited memorials — around 3 million visitors annually: the Wall of the Vietnam War memorial.

Honoring the men and women who served in the controversial Vietnam War, the  Memorial’s wall chronologically lists the names of more than 58,000 Americans who gave their lives in service to their country.

The Wall is made up of two 246-foot-9-inch (75.21 m) long gabbro walls, etched with the names of the servicemen being honored in panels of horizontal rows with regular typeface and spacing. The walls are sunken into the ground, with the earth behind them. 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 (200 mm) at their extremities. Symbolically, this is described as a “wound that is closed and healing”. 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.

You can often find visitors taking a piece of paper, placing it over the name of their lost one and rubbing a pencil over it as a keepsake that they take home with them (as depicted in my photograph).

More about the Memorial here.

This is my entry for the weekly challenge Peek.

 

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