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Vietnam War Memorial

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 24 June 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a national memorial in Washington, D.C. It honors U.S. service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War, service members who died in service in Vietnam/South East Asia, and those service members who were unaccounted for (Missing In Action) during the War.

The main part of the memorial, which was completed in 1982, is in Constitution Gardens adjacent to the National Mall, just northeast of the Lincoln Memorial. The memorial is maintained by the U.S. National Park Service, and receives around 3 million visitors each year. The Memorial Wall was designed by U.S. landscape architect Maya Lin. In 2007, it was ranked tenth on the "List of America's Favorite Architecture" by the American Institute of Architects.

The Memorial Wall, designed by Maya Lin, is made up of two black granite walls 246 feet 9 inches (75 m) long. The walls are sunk into the ground, with the earth behind them. At the highest tip (the apex where they meet), they are 10.1 feet (3 m) high, and they taper to a height of eight inches (20 cm) at their extremities. Granite for the wall came from Bangalore, Karnataka, India, and was deliberately chosen because of its reflective quality.

When a visitor looks upon the wall, his or her reflection can be seen simultaneously with the engraved names, which is meant to symbolically bring the past and present together. One wall points toward the Washington Monument, the other in the direction of the Lincoln Memorial, meeting at an angle of 125° 12′. Each wall has 72 panels, 70 listing names (numbered 1E through 70E and 70W through 1W) and 2 very small blank panels at the extremities. There is a pathway along the base of the Wall, where visitors may walk, read the names, make a pencil rubbing of a particular name, or pray.

Photo taken May 5, 2010.

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Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

An unbelievable and dramatic wall of the pain...

24 Jun 2010 5:13am

Cruz from exurbia, United States

I agree with Nazzareno. Beautiful 1 point perspective

24 Jun 2010 6:56am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Wow fantstic point of view.. excellent work. Thanks for the info.

24 Jun 2010 8:26am

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

This simple monument has such strong lines that I think it is the most powerful testament to the dead that have given their lives to their country. Lovely shot and thanks for sharing.

24 Jun 2010 9:51am

Denise from Pennsylvania, United States

This is really nice, love the reflection. All students in our country should be given the opportunity to visit and realize just how lucky they are....

24 Jun 2010 10:22am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

As a memorial, this really does have huge impact - as well it should.

24 Jun 2010 11:27am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Excellent composition! A very spiritual image, far away from a tourist shot: excellent!

24 Jun 2010 12:16pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Well done!

24 Jun 2010 2:42pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

This is an amazing shot, the reflections appear as though they are on the cleanest slab of glass ever made!

24 Jun 2010 4:44pm

Antoine from France

Superb composition with a very good perspective. Have a good afternoon Steven.

24 Jun 2010 7:38pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is a superb image of this powerful monument. This one is for my generation. I must see it one day.

24 Jun 2010 8:31pm

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

This is another very sobering memorial and I think what you have taken here is absolutley fantastic! The reflection really adds additional visual interest to the scene!

25 Jun 2010 12:17am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

very impressive. beautiful perspective composition. Everything about this image is very meaningful. Superb!

25 Jun 2010 3:24am

Becky from los angeles, United States

this is really something. great.

25 Jun 2010 3:35am

Jean-Michel from Herstal, Belgium

Great perspective and nice reflections.

25 Jun 2010 7:21am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great point of view. The reflection makes the surface of the memorial look like glass.

26 Jun 2010 3:32am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

There were SOOOO many people at the wall when I visited - selfishly I wanted an "alone shot" - this one is great - but it is, mor importantly, an honor to have so many people visit our brothers and sisters. Thanks Again Steven!!

28 Jun 2010 4:50pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

You have captured this one with perfection. The symbolism of the mirror like finish of the wall is demonstrated in the man standing beside it and quite tastefully you don't show his face but instead how he looks off toward the monument. I really dislike when people wriggle into my shots but here it's poetry and you grabbed it. Bravo!

29 Jun 2010 2:36am