Vietnam Veterans Memorial of Greater Rochester


Walk of Honor

            

Bollards - 280

Make up the Walk of Honor, underfoot are brick pavers. The focus of the walk is on your right, a single-file line of identical bollards, seemingly endless, running along the Walk's edge and curving ahead out of sight. Each bollard is made of brushed stainless steel, "America's metal," and each represents a Rochester-area soldier, killed or missing in action in the Vietnam War. Each bollard bears two small plaques: one, an insignia of the soldier's military branch; the other bearing the soldier's name, date of birth, date of death or disappearance, and high school. The bollards are sequenced chronologically according to the final day in the life of each soldier.

The bollards are sequenced chronologically according to the final day in the life of each soldier. They resemble human figures, but your own interpretation determines their posture; they trudge forward, heads down, under the weight of what they carry; or they stand erect, heads tipped back, faces turned up towards the sun. You still have to bow your head as you read each name.

Tag on back of bollard. - Bollard sponsors

 

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