Years ago I visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. with my parents. You know how sometimes when you know something about a place and look forward to seeing it and then when you see it in real life it looks smaller or less amazing than it did in your imagination? That’s how I felt when I first saw Mount Rushmore. But not so with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Quite the opposite in fact, it was significantly cooler in person than I had imagined.
I remember, the first time I saw it, wandering around the area with my parents. I had an idea it was close by, but didn’t really know for sure. I remember feeling almost as though we stumbled upon it, and being surprised by how it’s set into the ground so gracefully. It was night time so there was hardly anyone around and it was so calm and peaceful.
I recently had the opportunity to revisit the Memorial, this time with my husband and our kids. I’m not sure if they all knew exactly what they were seeing, but it’s such a neat place that they couldn’t help but be at least a little interested 😉
The nice thing about this second visit was that pictures work better in daylight. I managed to get a couple shots that I liked:
This one is almost a family portrait, looks closely and you can see our legs: