Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veteran's Day in America

Here is a photo of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC.

We are posting a photo of this special place to commemorate this day where we thank all of our veterans who have provided service to our country.

took this photo last weekend while we were in D.C. He got up at 4 am and took various photos of DC at sunrise, and he captured some truly amazing images.

The two brilliant red trees stand out in the photo, along with the yellow wreath, the reflections in the black marble, and the many flags at the base of the memorial.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is a national war memorial honoring those who served in the United States armed forces. The wall has 58,159 names etched into the black marble identifying those who died in service or who are still unaccounted for in the Vietnam War.

The memorial is in Constitution Gardens, which is adjacent to the National Mall and is just northeast of the Lincoln Memorial. The Wall was designed by Maya Lin and built in 1982. The Wall is 246 feet and 9 inches (75 meters) in length and 10.1 feet (3 meters) high.

Many people visit the Wall and some take rubbings off the names etched into the black marble. Many leave flowers, flags, or other tokens of remembrance. Please take a moment of silence for veterans today.

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16 comments:

cieldequimper said...

The atmosphere couldn't be different from when I went there, it was summer. Beautiful shot for today Julie!

robert said...

Once obtained, the freedom and peace is hopefully to last.

Sharon said...

Perfect shot for today! Gorgeous reflections and shadows and those trees are amazing.

B SQUARED said...

We will never forget their sacrifice.

Hilda said...

So many lives lost…

A beautiful photo (thank you, Dave!) and a lovely tribute.

Lois said...

What a beautiful picture Julie! I have visited this memorial wall and it truly takes your breath away.

lizziviggi said...

A beautiful and so sad photo. A wonderful picture to honor our veterans.

glenda said...

Very appropriate for Veteran's Day. This is such a powerful memorial, and gives you a perspective of the losses we suffered in the Vietnam War.

Memphis MOJO said...

I'm a veteran, but I don't deserve an honor. The names on the list, though, they are the ones who truly deserve being honored.

Cezar and Léia said...

Wonderful homage dear Julie, it's a beautiful and touching post!
Léia

Gunn White said...

Important documentary, and also beautiful colors!

Dennis Hilario said...

interesting place...very good artsy work.

Donna j. Gehl said...

Thanks for sharing and for honoring the day. Hope you are well.

Nefertiti,deesse NiLuNoah adoratrice d Aton said...

tres jolie,surtout avec l arbre rouge derriere ;O)

Jim K said...

I visited the DC wall once in the late 80s. Its a very moving sight.
This past Saturday a 4/5 scale former traveling wall was moved into a permanent home in Kaufman, Texas a neighboring town to Terrell. I havent been down there to see it yet, but plan on making the trip soon.

Andreea said...

Beautiful picture. The colors are amazing and those little flags are so moving.

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