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GRVVM: Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial

I was shocked after reading the Barbara Biesecker’s article, I couldn’t believe that some one would get so upset with the placement of a monument. The article barely even talked about the WWII monument, just about how its placement would mess up  the symmetry of park its was being placed in. I have been to the D.C. Mall plenty of times being from the area and personally I think the WWII memorial park area is beautiful. Also Biesecker’s in depth analogical movies reviews of “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Greatest Generation” we very difficult to get through. I really couldn’t see the points she was trying to make, in reviewing two mostly fictional films as if they were historical text.

The best way to get remember greatness, is to simply remember greatness. How can we remember this though? How can we have a constant reminder of the people that have sacrificed  so much for us? I think that the only way to keep remember is to have a monument or memorial. A monument of a memorial is built with the intentions of permanency, a constant in time and place never change as the world changes around it. I went to The Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial last Thursday, I found it to be a nice place to think about the country we live in and how people fight and die to keep us happy. the memorial showcased a long winding trail with  shinny metal posts lining the edge of the trail. Each post had the name of a local service member that had fought and die during his service in The Vietnam War. The trail  lead down to a status of a soldier marching in to the marble wall, symbolizing him marching into our memories. I like the memorial and its location in the park, although being a natural landscape photographer and going to a lot of parks I fell that monuments  and memorials in parks serve as a cornerstone to the park.


Like the Biesecker article I’m sure there was some controversy when this memorial was announced because of  its location in Highland Park that was donated to the city by  ”…George Ellwanger and Patrick Barry, leading citizens of Rochester. The land offered was a part of their world- famous Mt. Hope Nursery and adjoined the lands of the 1875 city reservoir.”1  But the land has been city owned for over 100 year so I doubt there was much any body could do about it.




Hello my name is Benjamin Kitzmiller. I am a fourth year fine art photography student here at RIT. I am from Maryland and I enjoy camping and landscape photography. Knowing about visual communications will help me strengthen my art and interpretation of art.



I really wanted to go view this memorial, I’m glad someone chose this as their destination for this assignment. The Highland Park area encompasses a few memorial sites so I think competition for space and attention is a critical factor with those memorials. I find this memorial to absolutely beautiful and I liked your point of how it symbolizes him marching into our memorials. Nicely done.


I also went to this memorial and I agree. I think it is a great place to think about the country we live in or to think about life in general.


I visited this memorial site last spring during the Lilac Festival and it was a gorgeous site. It is a heart touching place and the trail with the soldiers name and date leading to the marble wall is breath-taking.

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