Examines the history, purposes, design, and impact of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
|Statement||Patra McSharry Sevastiades.|
|Series||The Library of American landmarks|
|LC Classifications||DS559.83.W18 S49 1997|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||24 p. :|
|Number of Pages||24|
|LC Control Number||97010839|
Full Description: "Since its dedication in , the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has become an American cultural icon symbolizing the war in Vietnam—the defining experience of the Baby Boom generation. The black granite wall of names is one of the most familiar media images associated with the war, and after three decades the memorial remains one of the nation’s most visited monuments. In , The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial was nearing completion when Bob Chapin visited in search of comrades killed in Vietnam. He eventually located the names of his friends, but also found the name of his best friend in high school. Surprisingly, Arvie's name appeared in the depth of f. “The Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Angel Fire” Hardback and Paperback now available in the online store. Focused primarily on the Westphalls’ desperate battle to keep their chapel open between and , the book’s brisk and moving narrative traces the memorial’s evolution from a personal act of family remembrance to its emergence as an iconic pilgrimage destination for thousands. Books, postcards, CDs, DVDs, and educational materials available for sale at the nearby Lincoln Memorial bookstore.. The bookstore is operated by Eastern National, a partner of the National Park Service that sells books and other educational materials and operates many other bookstores at national park sites throughout the ds from sales support the National Park Service.
The real meaning of the memorial is captured in the retelling of its improbable history and the depiction of its compelling and awe-inspiring presenceSchool Library Journal, starred reivew. A fine recounting of an important developmentBooklist, starred review. Black-and-white photos. Sturken's discussion encompasses a brilliant comparison of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the AIDS Quilt; her profound reading of the Memorial as a national wailing wall—one whose emphasis on the veterans and war dead has allowed the discourse of heroes, sacrifice, and honor to resurface at the same time that it is an implicit condemnation. Leaving Tributes at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Since its dedication in , visitors have brought offerings to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to honor and remember those who served in the Vietnam War. Many of these poignant tributes are now preserved in the park’s museum collection. Due to the current state of the coronovirus pandemic, the Gift Shop as well as the Visitor Center will be closed until further notice. The Chapel and grounds remain open 24/7, but please practice safe social distancing when possible.
The veterans and Alden put their hearts and souls into completing an enlightening, insightful and highly readable book. One of the authors, Roger Johnson, who served in the 5th/46th Infantry Battalion, called my attention to a book about this battalion by Col. David W. Taylor, of Medina, Ohio, who served as a platoon leader in the 5th/46th until he was severely wounded during combat. Since its creation in , the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has become the most visited National Park Services site. Each year, million people come to the Wall. Many of them leave letters or other special objects. Every night, park rangers collect and inventory these mementos-now numbering well oand put them into government storage. HOW YOU CAN HELP: Many veterans don’t have access to the health care services they need, making it difficult to seek proper treatment. You can help veterans obtain the services they need by making a monetary donation or by donating your used clothes, furniture and other household items. The problem of commemoration is an important aspect of the sociology of culture because it bears on the way society conceives its past. Current approaches to this problem draw on Émile Durkheim and emphasize the way commemorative objects celebrate society's former glories. This article on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial deals with the way society assimilates past events that are less than.