Vietnam Veterans Memorial


Class: ESL 097


Date: 4/20/2004


Sentence combining exercise


The memorial which is a wide V-shaped wall lies in Constitution Gardens. The wall which seems to rise from the earth and to recede into it is made of black granite. Entering the memorial which is inscribed with over 58,000 names that refers to an American manor woman who was lost in Vietnam is a moving experience. One sees line after line of American names which for 250 feet in two directions of the nation’s loss becomes clear. The average age which was for soldiers killed in Vietnam was nineteen, and Marines suffered a casualty rate which was for Marines killed or wounded of 24 percent. The wall where people come to acknowledge sacrifice, to remember a young face and express private grief is a place of quiet commemoration. And it would not exist except for one man that was a Vietnam veteran named Jan Scruggs who saw half of his company killed or wounded and barely escape with his life. Scruggs, who wanted the Nation that had been bitter, divided over the Vietnam war to honor their commitment, want to remember his comrades. In 1979, he became obsessed with the project that worked to establish a Memorial Fund and worked to secure congressional approval which was for the concept of a memorial. President Carter signed a bill which authorized the Memorial and provided a site for it in July 1980, and Scrugg’s campaign which was to raise private funds moved into high gear