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The Vietnam Memorial is a beautiful memorial that has almost 60,000 names on it. Names are always being added because the keep finding more bodies. However, the purpose of this is to honor the dead or lost in the Vietnam War. All of the names on the wall are dead or haven't been found yet. Next to their names there is either a cross or a rhombus. The rhombus or diamond indicates the person is dead and that they have found the body, the cross is for those whose bodies were sank underwater, or lost in Vietnam.

The wall in which the names are carved in is black granite from Bangalore, India. The idea of the wall was from an undergraduate at Yale University. Her name was Maya Ling. The wall, the landscaping and the statue were finished on November 1, 1982. The statue was made in July of 1982 by a sculptor called Frederic Hart. It is called “the Three Infantrymen”. It is called like this because on the left there is the hispanic soldier, on the middle the white soldier, and on the left there is the african american soldier. United States’ war were mostly hispanic, white and black. That was why this sculpture won.

The Vietnam Memorial is a gorgeous wall. It shines tremendously and it has fifty-eight thousand names on it. Next to the wall, there is a canal. The canal stretches through all the wall and it is designed to let people that have a family member, or a friend there to leave a small offering to him or her. When we were in the memorial, there were letters, small american flags, and sort of brochures along the canal.

 

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