New York City Viet Nam Memorial

July 20th, 2012

7-20-12I decided to spend a good portion of this very rainy day at the Vietnam Memorial in Manhattan. I talked with individuals who ventured out into the rain and many who were under cover of adjacent buildings about The Kindness Bicycle Ride for Heroes. This memorial honors all of the New York City residents who made the ultimate sacrifice. The “Walk of Honor,” has a series of twelve polished granite pylons, with the names of all 1,741 United States military personnel from New York City who died as a result of their service in Vietnam, leads to the refurbished memorial. A wall of translucent glass blocks, on which are engraved excerpts of letters, poems, and diary entries written by men and women of the armed forces, as well as news dispatches. A granite shelf runs along the base of the monument, onto which visitors are able to place flowers. Today this redesigned plaza and restored memorial serve as a timeless tribute to the Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

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