An early morning sunrise at the Vietnam Memorial.
The Vietnam Memorial sits quietly on the National Mall just northeast from the Lincoln Memorial. If you visit the area at night and aren’t paying attention to the signs, you can easily pass by it and not see it. The design of the memorial is two walls made up of panels of stone. These walls are sunk into the ground, the first wall points in the direction of the Lincoln Memorial and the second wall points in the direction of the Washington Monument.
As you walk along the path in front of the first wall section you slowly descend into the earth. Inscribed on the stone panels are the names of servicemen who were either killed in action or are classified as missing in action. As you turn to walk along the second wall you slowly raise from the earth.
When the memorial was first designed there was controversy surrounding it. Some felt that the design did not honor those that served in the war. It was described by some critics as “a black gash of shame” and “a scar”. As time has marched on those controversies have faded away. “The Wall” now stands as the single most emotionally moving memorial in Washington DC.
If you’ve never been to The Wall before or have only gone during the daytime, you should plan a visit at night. As you walk along the pathway to the apex you slowly are lower into the earth. The sounds and sights of the city fade away. You are left with the black panels with row after row of names inscribed in them. As you look at the panels you notice your own reflection looking back at you.
Equipment used for this photo:
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS Lens
Slik 700DX Tripod
Bogen 3030 3-way pan/tilt head
Canon TC80N3 Timer Remote Control