Monday, May 26, 2014
Korean War Veterans and Vietnam Veterans Memorials (Remembering on Memorial Day)
It's Memorial Day. It's also the first weekend I've been home in a month. I've been catching up on chores and relaxing (let's face it there is a lot more relaxing going on than chore doing)!
I thought in honor of Memorial Day, the day we remember our members of the armed forces who have died while serving, I would share photos from the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from my visit to DC in April. I think it is incredible that each war memorial is so unique and special. It is really special to see them in person.
Korean War Veterans Memorial
This was my first time seeing the Korean War Veterans Memorial. They broke ground for this memorial in 1992 but it wasn't completed and dedicated until 1995. This memorial has several different parts to it and the attention to detail is incredible. This memorial honors all Americans who served in Korea (including my grandfather).
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Maya Lin. The memorial was dedicated in 1982.
This memorial is really so simple yet so incredible all at the same time. There is something so powerful when standing in front of all of those names. There are catalogs you can use to find a name on the wall.
There are over 3 million visitors come to see the memorial each year. Incredible!
Today, Memorial Day, I can't help but think about all of the men and women who have died while fighting for my freedom. I am so thankful for their service and thankful that we have memorials to honor and remember them. If you haven't been to DC to see these memorials I highly recommend you visit. They are pretty special.
(P.S. I spent close to 2 hours working on this post only to have it deleted. I'm not sure what happened but I lost it all. I had to rewrite the entire thing and I know it is not as "good" as my first draft. Very frustrating. I seriously wanted to cry when I realized what had happened. Hopefully you still learned something from reading it even though it is much less detailed than my original post)!