"...war's greatest evil - the degradation of the human spirit."
-Introduction to Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl DoubleDay and
Company, Inc. copyright 1967.
One mother visited the wall and wrote an open letter to her son:
I didn't know what to expect or what my reactions would
be at seeing this black wall. I just had to go....
The weather was unseasonably warm and sunny when
we arrived in Washington, D.C. We got out of the car
and started walking toward this Memorial. I could feel
pulled toward this black wall and yet my feet didn't
want to move. I was so scared. I was afraid I would
find [your] name on this wall and yet I was afraid
that maybe some mistake had been made and the name
was left out....[Then I saw it.] My heart seemed to stop.
I seemed to tremble. I shook as though I was freezing.
My teeth chattered. I felt as though I couldn't get my
breath. God, how it hurt!...From the wall, like a mirror
reflecting through my blurry tears, I seemed to see
faces. Then I realized it was not the faces of the ones
who had died, but of the living, who were here, like me,
to find the name of a loved one.
Scruggs, Jan C. To Heal a Nation - The Vietnam Veterans
Memorial. Harper & Row Publishers. New York: 1985.