The Morning

Orlando Lujan Martinez. IWA 6020 Kathryn Ave. SE #16 Albuquerque NW 87108
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The Morning

The morning is beautiful and the light, gently entering my apartment, is the same ancient light as seen by Rhea, Goddess of the earth. Outside the colossus sun is coming up in a summer morning. It is hard to imagine that on such a pristine peaceful morning there is horrible death and fear in Iraq and Afghanistan. 5,800 dead and 125,000 wounded Americans and countless dead Iraq and Afghanistan men,women and children.
On the Washington D.C. mall there is a memorial to a similar tragic war.
Maya Lin, the intuitive woman, who design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall knew exactly how the people would response when they first saw it, she said “ They are probably going to cry and cry and cry.”
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, with its 59,000 names carved into black granite, is the greatest antiwar statement of all time. A astounding metaphysical memorial, for mankind to ponder, from a mythical era of war and death. It does not say that war is noble. It only says that death is real. It is like a wound in the earth that has been heal.
At the Vietnam Memorial Wall "The Wall." a statue of three soldiers stands several hundred yards from a end of The Wall and they are at one end The Wall and at the other are her Nurses Memorial of the 11,000 women who served in Vietnam. Glenna Goodacre's, famed New Mexico sculptor and artist, is the creator of the womans memorial.
In the same general mall area of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the World War Two Memorial. It is of grand design and honors the heroes. The people that visit it are sympathetic observers, where as the visitors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial become so emotionally immersed in the history, sorrow and mystic that radiates from it that they are overcome by grief and tears.
When the two memorials are compared they clearly show the different between the governments idea of war and the citizens and soldiers Vietnam Veterans Memorial concept of it, as created by Maya Lin the young harvard architect student who designed it who said when asked, "How do you think people will react to the memorial, and Maya Lin replies, "they are going to cry and cry" There are the names of eight nurses on the wall. The Vietnam War became historical legend and is a heroic war, despite the tragedy of it being a malignant war. The mystical Vietnam Veterans Memorial, haunted by the presence of its heroes, has a message from the past.
This poignant letter, about the past, was placed at "Wall." It reveals the other sorrow, created by war, suffered by those at home, it was left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by a grieving woman. “Dearest Chuck; Remember the letter that you wrote? When you said that you were fighting a war that you didn’t understand. It seemed that no one really understood. If I would have known that day at the airport that I would never see you again I would have waited until your plane disappeared. I’ll remember you forever. If they only could have known how gentle you were”.
“They are probably going to cry and cry .
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