Lest we forget
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
Since its dedication in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
has become the embodiment of America's pain, grief and healing in the wake of our least
A dissertation-like examination of why
people leave many and varied objects at the Veterans Memorial in Washington.
Hass (American Culture/Univ. of Michigan) sees several reasons behind the outpouring of
objects -- what she calls a ``strong, multivocal, contradictory, unsolicited public
response'' -- that have been left at the wall since it was dedicated on the Mall in
Washington, D.C., in 1982. In her chapter on American military
memorializing history, Hass places great import on the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg, when for the first time ``common American
soldiers were buried individually in graves marked with their names.''
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Shrapnel in the Heart is an evocative, heart-wrenching
collection of over 100 letters left at the memorial -- and the stories of the wives,
children and buddies who wrote them.
From the Back Cover
"This tour de force brings home the pain and suffering of soldiers and kin in a way
that no other writing has with which I'm familiar. It is simply splendid." -- Walter
"A moving, touching, generous book that helps restore humanity to a generation of
young Americans who were depersonalized and dehumanized by the political passions of an
unpopular war. Read it and weep." -- Ted Koppel
"This is a book that needed to be written. Laura Palmer's sensitivity and
understanding... may indeed make Shrapnel in the Heart a classic." -- Jan Scruggs,
President, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
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