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Offerings at the Wall: Artifacts from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection

4.39 of 5 stars 4.39  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Highlighting a selection of the thousands of objects left by visitors at the Vietnam Memorial each year, a moving book pays tribute to the Wall that is visited by millions every year and to those immortalized by it.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by Turner Pub
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Offerings at the Wall is a book of contradictions.

The photography is beautiful, each 'offering' a captured still life: clean, pristine, preserved.

Yet beyond the beauty and often heart-breaking simplicity of the items left behind, is pain and poignancy, sadness and pride that motivated those who were left alive to visit the wall and pay homage to a loved one, a family member, a friend.

It's impossible not to become emotional as one looks through the images. I was struck again and again: someone l
Jun 04, 2008 James rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in military history, especially Vietnam, and military families
A powerful book - it uses the messages and mementos left at the Vietnam War Memorial to tell pieces of the stories of many people and the relationships between those who were killed and those who were left behind. As a retired Marine, I wish more Americans, especially those who make the decisions about going to war, spent more time thinking about this side of it.
I purchase this after visiting the Vietnam Wall on a high school trip. The book displays items loved ones leave at the Wall to honor those who have died. From helmets, boots and dog tags to letters, flowers and pictures and a variety of in between.
Awesome, absolutely awesome. I cried many tears. It brought back the emotions of that time in history. I've been to the wall and it's overwhelms.Next time I too will bring an offering.
May 21, 2013 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Debbie by: Dick Myers
Bittersweet but a must read!
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