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Introduction: It is simple and plain compared to all that surrounds it. Almost everything else towers above it. Yet the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. leaves an unforgettable impression upon all who visit. The 247 ft long, 10 foot tall black granite wall stands between the towering Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, just to the right of the reflecting pool as you face the Lincoln shrine. The simple black wall descends into the hill with the angles of the two walls pointing toward the Washington and Lincoln memorials. In the granite stone are inscribed the names of over 58,000 fallen Vietnam soldiers. Near by stands a life-size sculpture of a platoon of very young soldiers on patrol.
When you visit the memorial, almost any time of day or night you can find a flower strewn walk way, pictures, and other mementos left by loved ones and sometimes strangers. Someone is always running fingers over a name or carefully rubbing an outline of a name onto paper for a keepsake. I have been there on three different occasions. There were always people there even the last time I was there shortly before sunrise on October 4, 1997. Hundreds of thousands of men were gathering for the huge Promise Keeper's Stand in the Gap rally. Hundreds of the men were making their way to the wall before dawn. No doubt many knew names on the wall.
A memorial, as the term implies, is about remembering. A memorial is established so that generations to come will not forget something very important. Remembering world changing events, important people, and lasting commitments matters. Some things must never be forgotten! The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is like that!
So is communion. Consider what we did just a few minutes ago. It was really quite simple. A few words of reminder were spoken. The instruments quietly played for a moment as we thought ...
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