Friday, November 27, 2009

Reflections in Vietnam Veterans Memorial

This unusual view of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial shows that one of its walls is aligned with the Washington Monument. The carved names of those who gave their life in this effort are visible in the texture of the wall at the left.

When my husband took his sunrise walk around the monuments of Washington during our recent visit, a group of volunteers had just finished washing the Vietnam Memorial with soap, water and scrub brushes. Their efforts gave the monument a reflective sheen that enhanced the photo. Most of the volunteers cleaning the memorial were young people who were not even alive during the time of the Vietnam War.

Although controversial when designed by a Yale student, Maya Lin, the wall is now ranked as one of the most popular architectural designs in the country. It is especially moving in the early morning when my husband visited without the crowds that gather each day.

This week we are showing nighttime photos of Budapest on Viva la Voyage.

10 comments:

Kate said...

Visiting this spot has always been a bit unnerving for me.

brattcat said...

You're right. This is a particularly moving image of the wall.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Best regards from Germany!!

Lois said...

It's beautiful Julie! It's hard to describe the feeling you get when standing in front of this wall. It's very moving.

Thérèse said...

It must be very moving to walk along this wall!

Don and Krise said...

I've never visited, but even the image stirs emotion for anyone who lived during that time.

Sharon said...

I like this shot!! Very nice.

Kathleen said...

Very striking photo!

Gunn White said...

A STRONG photograph!

Daddy said...

I'm totally taken in with this shot..awesome!

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