Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tending the Wounded

In this shot you see more of the scene from the Vietnam Veterans memorial. The soldier's arm from yesterday was that of the wounded soldier on the right. The designers intended him to be one of our South Vietnamese allies. However, he was later 'changed' to an Asian-American soldier. I read in the newspaper  recently that they didn't change all the elements of his uniform and, in fact, there are epaulets and other details that would mark it as a South Vietnamese uniform. The reason for changing it to an Asian-American was to complete the ethnic tableau of the soldiers.  White, black, Hispanic, Native American were already represented. (I have to confess, I just saw soldiers.) There was also the issue that this monument was about Texans who died. Dog tags with the names of the dead are entombed in the monument.

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