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may 23 2014

An Unforgettable Memorial Day Site

You'll find visitors searching for the names of lost loved ones—listed in chronological order—every day of the year at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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Visitors to Washington D.C. this weekend shouldn't miss the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (5 Henry Bacon Drive, nps.gov/vive). This deceptively simple wall, designed by American sculptor Maya Lin, lists the names of more than 58,000 American men and women who died in the Vietnam War. The enormity of the loss and the presence of visitors searching for a loved one among the names, which are listed chronologically, make this understated memorial unique and unforgettable.

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