Photo: Quiet Reflection in our Nation’s Capital

 

A U.S. veteran taking time for an emotional remembrance of a fellow soldier who gave his life for our country.  This powerful shot was taken at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.  People from all over the world come here to learn about the history of this conflict and reflect on the sacrifices made.

During our time at the National Mall, the visit to this memorial was the most poignant. There were people with pencil and paper in hand, eagerly scouring the over 58,000 names, looking for a fallen friend or relative on the immense marble wall page. Once the name was found, they would hold the paper up to the name, and gently run the pencil over the page to emboss the name of their loved one on the paper. Others would leave mementos at the base of the wall, or just stand and quietly reflect. It was hard to not be incredibly moved by not only the actions of the people coming to this place, but to the history of the wall itself.

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