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Monument to Defeat: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in American Culture and Society

LAWRENCE A. TRITLE

in Cultures of Commemoration

Published by British Academy

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780197264669
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191753985 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264669.003.0008

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Monument to Defeat: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in American Culture and Society

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Monument or memorial? Defeat or withdrawal? The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC pays tribute to more than 58,000 Americans who died fighting an unpopular war. Yet today the ‘Wall’, as it is known to most Americans, is the most visited site managed by the US National Park Service. Weekend visitors will happen upon an almost festive place as thousands of people pass by looking at the names – what do they think, imagine? This chapter discusses not only the story and controversy behind the building of the ‘Wall’, but also how it reflects the collective memory of a society and its values, and how these are constructed.

Keywords: Vietnam War; Vietnam Veterans Memorial; war memorials; collective memory; Washington DC; Wall

Chapter.  8574 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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