Sacred War Memorials
Memorial Day began during the Civil War when women from the North and South spontaneously gathered to lay flowers on the soldiers’ freshly dug graves. The simple need to make a pilgrimage, to gather in a location to remember and honor our fallen has remained with us as the United States has endured more conflicts and more human losses throughout our history. This sentiment has prompted the building of three War Memorials in our Nation’s Capitol, Washington, DC – the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial and, most recently, the World War II Memorial.
This year we will journey to these three memorials, paying homage to the soldiers who have sacrificed for our freedoms and contemplating the meaning of these hallowed sites to the soldiers who fought in those wars and their families. In particular, we will commemorate last year’s 25th Anniversary of the Vietnam Wall, the most prominent icon of the Vietnam War, where Vietnam vets who lost buddies and families who lost loved ones come to touch the names of the fallen and leave letters and offerings of honor and love.
Also on the show, General Colin L. Powell (Ret.) will speak to the experience of Vietnam veterans returning from an unpopular war and offer thanks for their courage and dedication.
The Experience of Visiting a War Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial:
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall:
Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation:
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund:
Vietnam Veterans Home Page:
Korean War Veterans Memorial:
NPS Korean War Memorial In-Depth Page:
World War II Memorial:
National World War II Memorial:
Arlington National Cemetery:
Arlington National Cemetery
The 2007 “National Memorial Day Concert” featured this hallowed ground and paid special attention to Arlington’s Section 60, where the soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan who are eligible and choose to be buried at Arlington are laid to rest. Arlington has become a sort of War Memorial for those who are recently fallen and or whose specific memorial has not yet been created.