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A very powerful image...

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  1. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    ... to me, at least. I don't get deeply affected by a lot of paintings but this one gave me chills when I saw it.

    This is the first time i've seen this painting. I saw it hanging in the office of the IT guy I went to visit today about computer issues I was having at work. I'm sure some of you are already familiar with it.

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  2. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    When I was in DC I went to the wall and found my childhood friend, Fedrick Herra who is MIA...and believe me, as a grown man, I cried my eyes out.
  3. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    There are a few like that around... and they are very powerful...

    Regardless of political sides, many of these guys came home to hostilities towards them they didn't deserve...

    They didn't start the war, they did their jobs... no need for the malice...

    If you ever go there it is heartbreaking. The memorial is not in alphabetical order, but rather in order killed. They have booklets on where to find names as well as counselors there to help with the grief of those who visit...

    I've been there 3-4 times and I always see a VN vet there crying while touching a name...

    Powerful stuff...
  4. Aikmaniac

    Aikmaniac Well-Known Member

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    I visited with my dad (Vietnam Vet - Army) about 10 years ago or so. It was the first time I'd seen him at a loss for words. Tore me up inside.
  5. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    It is THE most heart-wrenching memorial in DC that there is...
  6. casmith07

    casmith07 I'm the best poster in the game!

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    Took my grandfather there in the 90s - he served two tours, one as a Platoon Leader and another as a Rifle Company Commander.

    He found the names of the two Soldiers he didn't bring home, and didn't say as much as two words the rest of the day.

    I both love and hate that memorial. It's a weird dynamic that I'm sure all of you understand.

    They also have a pretty amazing Vietnam exhibit at the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, GA. We took him to the restaurant on site there for his birthday, and he really enjoyed all of the different historical exhibits and enjoyed seeing all of the new tech that the Infantry uses today.

    He refused, however, to set foot anywhere near the Vietnam exhibit.

    I'm sure he has so many stories, and other things, and with him getting old it really hurts me inside that I might not ever know what happened.

    Someone randomly sent my family this video on YouTube a few years back. Chokes me up every time I watch it. Guess who that is in the video?

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  7. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    I've known Jan Scruggs for years... he started the memorial...

    He was very wary about getting the project started. The last thing he wanted involved was politics...

    It evolved into that... and he was devastated it did...

    It's a BEAUTIFUL memorial and should be no part of politics...

    Soldiers lost there lives fighting for something they were told to do...

    Respect that... bottom line...
  8. casmith07

    casmith07 I'm the best poster in the game!

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    Absolutely. I love it for what it represents, but hate that it's so sad.
  9. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    Yes, wonderful memorial it is. Went there not long ago and snapped a few pics...that is where I took my flag picture also

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  10. Vtwin

    Vtwin Power and Performance

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    I've been to DC once and the Memorial most definitely gives a perspective to the loss that just reading the number never could.

    The Korean War Memorial was equally as poignant for me. It was a very foggy springtime evening. We approached from the front and the soldiers began to appear out of the fog from maybe 50 feet away. The image of those men literally appearing out of nowhere, trudging along carrying their wounded with the war weary expressions, has stuck with me ever since.
  11. rocboy22

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    I haven't been there in 15 years. Do they still allow people to "trace/rub" the names? Like put a peice of paper over it and rub a crayon or something to copy the engraving?
  12. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    I would think so. I never saw anyone there stopping anyone from doing anything, and you can walk right up to the walls...
  13. rocboy22

    rocboy22 Active Member

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    yea, I would think so, too. Just haven't been there in so long I wondered if they had made any changes like that
  14. CoCo

    CoCo Well-Known Member

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    It's stunning to me, the variety of experiences those who've walked this earth have had.

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