Vietnam Memorial (1982)

An 86-year-old World War l veteran is holding the flag that covered his son’s casket, who died in the Korean War, at a dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This was held in Washington D.C. on November 13, 1982. The memorial is a long V-shaped black-granite wall inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died. The names are arranged by death, not rank.

This picture is important because is shows honor and recognition to the ones who died. Also my grandpa fought in the war and the guy in the picture reminds me of him. This war was a big part of his life.

The picture shows how much we appreciate everyone who fought in the war. If we didn’t talk about it, it would be like they fought for nothing. It was one of the longest wars in US history lasting 19 years.

I would ask the photographers what was it like being surrounded by all the people at the parade? If anyone they know died in the war? Did anyone try to kill them? What was it like there?

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