The Vietnam Wall Essay

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The Vietnam Wall

The Vietnam War Memorial. It is a wall, but it is also a monster that many avoid, and many
are nervous to visit. In truth, all it is though is facts. It lists the names of all the
soldiers that died in the conflict that was staged in a small country in Asia. All the
names. There are so many names. Names that go on and on. There are over fifty-eight
thousand of them, and every single one of them is a real person. A real man. A real woman.
A real person. A real soldier. A real American. It was probably a man who considered
whether or not to even serve his country. He probably left his crying mother behind, and
when he arrived in the hell that would serve as his home for many miserable days, months,
years. A hell that eventually would serve as his funeral home. Maybe he came back in
plastic, or maybe he did not come home at all, as several thousand GI's turned into MIA's
or POW's, which then changed into names on the wall. Those brave boys, not men, boys who
gave their lives for a cause that they didn't understand were reduced from ambitious
citizens in the greatest country in the world to names on a wall.

At the Smithsonian Museum of American History, there is an exhibit of items that were left
at the wall by someone who loved one of those names. A few examples of these items, are
numerous wedding rings, letters, foods, a royal flush of playing cards, pictures, a six
pack of beer, a bottle of whiskey, thousands of flowers, many brass arm bands which were
worn by soldiers, and medals of honor. All of these different entities have a different
meaning, they all carry different emotions, attitudes, and expressions that only the
soldier who is only represented by a name would understand.
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