HDR image of a section of the Vietnam Wall, including reflection of the Washington Monument and a fellow visitor. If you have never been to see the “wall”, try to put it on your to-do list, it gives me goose bumps everytime I’m there.
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Interesting, getting a view views but no comment on this one. Constructive criticism is appreciated.
Hmmm, yeah I get that too… especially on images that could be controversial (since recent images were banned off RB -people are cautious to what they reply to)
Nice idea anyway, unique approach!
Thank you Steven, finally a comment on this one. I guess I see your point in regards to what may be controversial.
Beautiful Sad shot. I have rubbed many of my best fiends names from the wall. I miss everyone of them every day! Thanks for posting this!!Semper Fi
Superb Shot Andy!.Lets leave the Subject for a moment….Technically this is incredible! HDR has really produced the goods on this, the reflection of the Monument is outstanding. As is the relief that is shown on the names.
Now to the Subject matter.I’ts a crying ass shame how people still view the war in Vietnam. These brave young souls were told to fight, just the same as every other War in history. Government reasons didnt enter their heads, they had no political motive for fighting. They were told to fight……and….. Fight…. they….. did. And a hell of a lot died for countries that shunned them. Thanks for sharing this mate.
Thank you for your comment, Rod and Michael. Rod, thank you for your service to our country. I rubbed only one name thus far, Capt. Barry W. Hilbrich who is on my MIA Bracelet. I can’t imagine seeing names of folks that I served with, here. That has to be gut wrenching. AIRBORNE
Michael, thank you for valid Aussie perspective on this! I agree whole-heartedly.
I think not only is this an amazing photo, the monument in the reflection is great, but I think it is wonderful that you took this and want others to understand what it means. I didn’t understand what you meant by contreversial -then reading the other comments I realized that it is because of how people still feel about Vietnam. That made me want to cry. These men all gave up their lives for our country and I don’t understand how politics and agendas can make that contreversial. It makes me disheartened to wonder if decades from now people will have the same views about people like my husband and our other servicemembers. So many, then and now, have given up so much and been through so much and seemed such little respect. These men are amazing because they didn’t do it for the respect but simply for us.
mrslowney, you bring up a huge point here, and I was also thinking about this: We will have a monument for our fallen soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq. I’m certain that it will be controversial as well (perhaps even moreso than Vietnam). And that is extremely sad to me. These guys are doing a job, granted they volunteered, but now the monument to forever remember how they laid down there life for the US, will be tainted. Horrible ….BTW, I’m a veteran of Desert Shield/Storm (the first Gulf War) and we trained up for the likelihood that Saddam will use Chemical/Biological weapons, personally I don’t have an issue with us being in Iraq now, Iraq didn’t adhere to MULTIPLE UN resolutions, didn’t adhere to the no-fly zone and the weapons of mass destuctions Saddam used to have (used them against the Kurds) were moved before we invaded. Of course being ex-military I’m a bit biased towards our memory. Thank you for being a proud military wife, That must be a tough thing to go through, the not knowing and hearing that we lost guys again, I’m sure you must wonder. Thank your husband as well, lot’s of us support what they are doing for us.Andy
What can I say Andreas. I don’t give a rip how many monuments we have, how many old soldiers are honored, how many are made up to be heroes and icons of our country. The Viet Nam memorial speaks to me so much more than any of the others. The thousands of sacrifices, the lives lost, families disrupted, Veterans treated worse than alley dogs… WHY??? What ever people think of the war itself, or their perceived reason for it, the soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen – ANYBODY that was there in battle or not deserves our highest honor. Of course probably very few would have gone if they’d had a choice. They were told to go and they had enough respect and love for their country that they went. I praise God for them.This whole thing was just after my time in the Navy. It probably sounds totally stupid to many, many people but I’ve always regretted I couldn’t be, or at least wasn’t part of it. I literally get goose bumps when I know I’m in the presence of a Viet Nam veteran. I also want to personally thank you for the service and sacrifice you made in Desert Storm. Each and every person that serves in any way, especially in war time, deserve so much that they’ll never get. God bless you, and all like you. You have all the respect and admiration I have to give.
Amazing moumument…I too am a military spouse. I find myself torn about war but never about the men and women who serve in it. They are doing a job pretty or not for all of us. May we always have people that are willing to lay down their lives for ours. Thanks for an amazing image.
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