How we remember our heroes is different, and personal, and important for each of us.

There are those who help us thru the terrible, trying times, and who help us thru the healing as our loved ones are never more than a memory away. They write never to be forgotten words, they write songs and poetry. They paint or take photographs that become touchstones of our deepest feelings, and they design exquisitely beautiful monuments. From where comes their inspiration, who or what touched their hearts?

The answers can only come from those creating and so here, the three Vietnam Memorials, and their inspiration.

Maya Lin, Architect: Vietnam Veterans Memorial – dedicated Nov. 13, 1982.

Names upon the black surface of the earth, the earth polished. Cause it’s only when you accept the pain, it’s only when you accept the death, can you then come away from it, can you then overcome it. And literally as you read a name, or touch a name, and the pain will come out, and I really did mean for people to cry. You have to accept that this pain occurred in order for it to be cathartic.

The portion of this video that deals with the Vietnam Memorial ends at 2:13.

Frederick Hart, Sculptor: Vietnam Veterans Memorial The Three Soldiers – dedicated on Veterans Day, 1984.

You are supposed to see three soldiers, but there are a lot of things I wanted you to feel as well. I want you to see that these are very young people. I want you to feel that they bore an excruciating burden.

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  • Description: How we remember our heroes is different, and personal, and important for each of us. There are those who help us thru the terrible, trying times, and who help us thru the healing as our loved ones are never more than a memory away. They write never to be forgotten words, they write songs and poetry. They paint or take photographs that become touchstones of our deepest feelings, and they