Vietnam Veterans Memorial (USA). The opposite of DC’s white, gleaming marble, the black, low-lying Vietnam memorial cuts into the earth, just as the Vietnam War cut into the national psyche. The monument shows the names of the war’s 58,267 fatalities – listed in the order they died – along a dark, reflective wall.
MEANING: Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Maya Lin, Washington DC, USA (1982): The names of the dead are listed in chronological order, built of granite and carved into the ground, moving down then up out of it's centre. It's symbolism is open to subjective interpretation of meaning.