A 3/4 size model of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC came to Rose Hills in Whittier and this past Saturday we went to see it. Paige had seen the actual memorial in the capital about 15 years ago. The “real” memorial is a huge granite slab, embedded in the ground with the names of the more than 58,000 Americans who gave their lives in the conflict.
This traveling version of the memorial, like the original, is made of black, polished granite which was chosen because of its highly reflective quality. It stays in one place for a couple of weeks and then moves on to a new location.
While we were there a small orchestra played. We heard “Amazing Grace” and “Stars and Stripes Forever” by Susa.
It was a warm, sunny, beautiful, Southern California day. Before we left we drove up to the top of Rose Hills to see the newer parts of the cemetery. From the top of the hills, it is easy to believe that the cemetery is the largest in the United States…and they have room to grow!