Wednesday, July 7, 2010

War memorials

Visiting the Vietnam War Memorial and Korean War Memorial in Washington was a special experience to share with our 9 year old daughter. She knows war veterans in her family, such as her grandfather who served in the Korean War, her great-uncles who served in World War II, and cousins who served in the Vietnam War, but she doesn't know anyone personally who died during military service. At each war memorial, we talked about some basic facts about the war (who, where, when, etc.) and the symbolism of different aspects of the memorials, but otherwise the memorials spoke for themselves. I think the shared experience of being there and our thoughts (both spoken and unspoken) add to our understanding of history, though I doubt our understanding of war could ever be complete.

Top picture: our reflections in the wall of the Vietnam War Memorial
Bottom picture: reflecting pool of the Korean War Memorial

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