Introduction to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Erected to help heal the wounds of a country suffering from the loss during a politically charged and controversial war, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors those men and women who served during the years of the Vietnam War. Chosen through a nationwide, anonymous selection process, the memorial represents the wound the war inflicted on the country while also offering a place for healing and remembrance. Panning out from the center, the names of those confirmed dead and missing in action are arranged on the memorial in the order they were lost. Resembling the turning of a page, each additional panel tells the story of the war’s loss. The memorial offers veterans, family members of the deceased, and the general visitor a place to meet, remember, and honor those who gave so much. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial reminds us of the cost of war. War will always produce sacrifice, it will always create loss and here along this wall we remember the over 58,200 Americans who answered the call of their country and gave that ultimate sacrifice.
Park Ranger Jeff Jones briefly describes the significance of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, focusing on the wall.