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04-JUN-2005 dds

6/4/05 - At the Wall
ds20050604_0229awF Boots.jpg

Washington, DC

I was taking some photos at the Vietnam Memorial this afternoon. Often, loved ones leave flags, flowers, teddy bears, or photos at the base of the panel containing their soldiers' names. Still, these boots stopped me cold. They may very well have last been on the feet of a soldier named on the adjacent panel. They have brought me closer to feeling the presence of one of the lost soldiers than anything else.

Each time I visit the Wall, the more I am saddened by the sheer waste it represents. Not once have I stood there and read names without becoming overwhelmed by the thought of so many of my generation, despite their individual courage, being spent like so many dollars or bullets. I'm sorry, but I don't believe that a generation needs a war to prove its courage, nobility, or sense of duty. I find it terribly disheartening that hubris and self-righteousness seems to push us into such tragedies. Every person who would seek to send young men and women into such situations (especially those who have let others die for them) should have to see these walls every day of his life.

I'll come back again -- to grieve? to learn? to give thanks? to hope?

PS - nothing except sign, downrez, frame.

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Dave Berry29-Mar-2015 07:00
Beautiful and poignant photo of the Wall. It's especially meaningful to those of us who seved in Vietnam. Thank you! V
longbachnguyen20-May-2012 03:46
Very touching and memorable image
longbachnguyen20-May-2012 03:46
Very touching and memorable image
longbachnguyen20-May-2012 03:46
Very touching and memorable image
PauloCGama09-Oct-2008 20:49
emotive and touching - excellent job. V
Diana Whiting15-Jul-2007 14:46
Very powerful image in it's simplicity.One wonders if the person leaving the boots knew the impact it would bring.Well seen,
jude28-Nov-2006 23:30
this is fantastic. Just a simple detail as the boots can bring a world of tears..
The one from mine is the moving wall that came to our area about a year ago or so..
Guest 06-Jun-2005 13:19
very powerful image Dennis, excellent reflection
Guest 06-Jun-2005 01:41
Great shot!
Coleen Perilloux Landry05-Jun-2005 16:01
Very powerful and meaningful photo, Dennis.
Della Huff05-Jun-2005 15:27
Ditto - very moving. Great work.
Steve Pepple05-Jun-2005 13:44
Yes, very powerful. Got my vote.
Josy's Pics05-Jun-2005 12:19
Great shot!, very powerful.
Gail Davison05-Jun-2005 12:18
A very powerful shot.
Larry Ahern05-Jun-2005 10:06
Marisa D.L.05-Jun-2005 07:56
This picture has caught my eyes and also my mind, I keep on looking at it, finding constantly new reasons to look at it once gain. It’s a sillent dialogue.
I think I don’t need to comment details, the pictures doesn’t need that. It has its own voice to describe all
Mika Karhulahti05-Jun-2005 07:54
That would make a beautiful stock photo! Well done!
Gary Winters05-Jun-2005 06:01
Haunting and beautiful image, Dennis.
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