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New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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4, 5 at Wall St.; R at Whitehall St.-South Ferry; 2, 3 at Wall St.; 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, Z at Fulton St.
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"One thing worries me—will people believe me? Will they want to hear about it, or will they want to forget the whole thing ever happened?" Arresting words like these from one fallen American soldier are what give the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial its gravitas. Though not as celebrated as Washington, D.C.'s Vietnam Wall, the gridlike plaza of marble, granite, and silver similarly favors simple text over representational sculptures as a way to tell the story of the 1,742 New Yorkers killed in action in Southeast Asia between 1961 and 1975. Inscriptions are everywhere relating reactions overseas to Robert F. Kennedy's assassination in 1968, sons asking fathers to tell mothers they're being sent off to war, even a clip from the New York Times describing the number of mortar artillery and rocket shells that bombarded a U.S. Marine outpost in one day (640). Ironically, prior to its dedication in 1985, this unassuming triangle of land near South Street Seaport was Jeanette Park, a memorial to the ship Jeanette whose journey to the North Pole in 1879 was just as ill-fated as the war in Vietnam.