Re: The Wall
RJay, please accept my deep condolences. I've been there 3 times myself; once in the early 80's, then late 80's and again two years ago. The first visit was profoundly moving, and I lost it when I saw a young girl, maybe 13 or 14, with her mother stenciling a name off the wall. She was in tears, her mom was in tears, and I soon was too as I finally understood the situation. There were other items- balloons, miss you cards, and even packs of cigarettes and 6-packs of Bud laid out for the fallen.
Each time I've gone since has been equally moving, yet easier to personally tolerate. It is an outstanding memorial; one deeply moved by all who visit. If opportunity presents, I would recommend returning because there is a unique peace brought by honoring these great soldiers, giving them their just respect, even if it's shamefully overdue from our country.