Monday was a solemn day of remembrance and thanksgiving for all those who have served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. After an aerial photo shoot in Leesburg, VA I made a point of stopping on my way through DC to visit the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. I’ve done this literally a few hundred times, the first of which was the day of dedication back in 1982. Visits there have always been emotional to me. I think that it was somewhere around my 100th visit that I managed not to break down in tears for those lost in that politically-charged war.
Yesterday was a little different. I found a great parking space on 22nd Street NW, just off Constitution Ave and directly opposite the memorial. The next difference was that I approached the VVM from the West end, where all of my previous visits were approached from the East. The next difference was the signage promoting the new Mobile App (VVMF Mobile Tour, for iPhone or Android). This is a wonderful app that eliminates the need to page through the well-used paper directories found around the Memorial. It provides not only the panel and line number locatoin of their name, but also a wealth of information about the deceased veteran.