Accepting the Vietnam Wall

I welcome the traveling Vietnam Memorial to our community. It is interesting that the wall has been adopted as an patriotic icon, even though the original reaction was something far different.

You may recall that when the design of the memorial was originally selected, Ross Perot ridiculed it as “something for New York intellectuals” and derided its architect, Maya Lin (a young woman of Chinese ancestry) as “an egg roll.” Right wing politicians—in...

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