This past weekend marks the fall of Saigon in 1975, and an end to a war where more than 58,000 americans and countless vietnamese lost their lives.
For me the Vietnam Veterens War Memorial in Washington DC is the most poignant memorial. I have visited on many occasions and always find it so moving.
Maybe its a war of my time, maybe it suddens me as we do not seem to have learnt that much from history, maybe........
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the men and women who served in the Vietnam War. Its main monument, known as 'The Wall' is the most visited memorial in Washington.
One end of the wall points to the Washington Monument (seen her ein the reflection) while the other points to the nearby Lincoln Memorial.
A national competition for the design of the memorial was undertaken.
One of the 1421 entries in the competition was submitted by Maya Ying Lin, a 20 year old student at Yale University. Her design was the result of an earlier class assignment. She only received a B grade on the assignment, but a jury of architects and sculptors unanimously selected her design.
Lin's design was very simple: two black triangular granite walls are sunk into the ground at an angle of 125 degrees. Each wall is 250ft or 76m long. Both walls start at a height of 8 inches (20cm) and meet at their highest point where the walls are 10ft (3m) high. Inscribed in the wall are the names of more than 58,000 men and women who were killed in the Vietnam War or who are still missing in action. The austere design of the memorial, a scar in the earth, was controversial. Some Vietnam Veterans opposed the design which lacked statues or an American flag. To silence the critics, a group of statues was erected near the Vietnam memorial in 1984, two years after the wall was dedicated. Over time, people started to better understand the powerful image of the wall. The cleavage in the earth symbolizes the country divided over the Vietnam War, while the seemingly endless list of names visualizes the many sacrifices that were made better than any traditional monument could have done.
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Paolo (41222) 2005-05-03 5:59
Impressive picture and note Elaine!!!
good picture too!
cyril (2748) 2005-05-03 6:13
Beautiful shot and great note.
The idea is really good and well achieved.
Maybe a lack of contrats and sharpness on the light part but no problem
scallywagin (842) 2005-05-03 7:00
very very impressive shot Elaine! such a shock to see all those names who died for the country. and the blurred memorial says it all even without the note. very informative note too. wish i could put 10 on 10 for this.
Mogger (0) 2005-05-03 13:39
Hi Elaine, I really liked this picture. Its full of symbolism and and extremely effective. Thanks for posting
avigur_11 (22077) 2005-05-03 18:05
A very smart composition, Elaine. The play of light and shadow makes a fantastic effect on the letters. B/W is the best choice here, for sure. Very good shot.
christina (2040) 2005-07-24 19:59
Great image of the war memorial. The reflection really adds to the image. Thanks for sharing such a respectful and thoughtful image.
- Copyright: Elaine springford (everlasting) (14684)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2005-05-01
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon PowerShot S45
- Exposure: f/4.9, 1/40 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2005-05-03 5:53
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