The Vietnam Wall


This is a recreation of a shot I took at the wall over 15 years ago. I could not think of any way to improve on the basic approach I had used back then. The names etched on the unyielding granite remind us of the harsh consequences of war and seeing the lists disappearing into the distance enforces this.

Let me quote from the writeup I applied to my original image (which is on Flickr):

There are a few places on Earth that one visits in which the air itself has a special quality, where the ambiance speaks to the heart and to the soul. This is one of those places.

Walking here; touching the wall; feeling the incisions of the names in the black, unyielding granite; sensing a strange connection to the man or woman whose lifeblood was spilled so that his or her companions could live; the experience puts life into perspective. We will always remember the lives that were expended heroically, the lives that showed us the cost of true devotion and love.

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13 NIV) We can only whisper, “Thank you,” to these named heroes through our tears and choking sobs.


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