Remember when super-patriots denounced the Vietnam Wall as “a black gash of shame”?
The word “iconic” is overused these days, but it’s a perfect adjective for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., which has become perhaps the most popular of shrines in our nation’s capital.
But younger Americans who aren’t old enough to remember the Vietnam War also aren’t old enough to remember the great controversy that surrounded the establishment of the memorial — the so-called Vietnam Wall — some 30 years ago.
Like the war itself, creation of the wall memorializing it was a messy business that didn’t always reflect honorably on the American people. The young student who designed the ...