The Vietnam War Memorial design is unique among the several monuments along the National Mall. It has marble panels containing all the names of those who did not survive the war. When approaching the memorial it is difficult to comprehend its scale. One walks down an incline and, seemingly, the large marble wall grows and envelopes the viewer. I was in grade school and high school during most of the Vietnam War. I know one of those out of the many whose names are on these walls. It makes for a poignant moment watching others standing in front of the reflective marble as they look at some familiar name etched into the stone.
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