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30th Anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Spotlight See more photos by visiting the location page for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Thirty years ago today, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. was officially dedicated in front of thousands of veterans who marched to the site.

The Memorial Wall, the Memorial’s main focus, was designed by 21-year-old American architect Maya Lin. Her design was unanimously selected from a pool of over 1,400 applicants. Two reflective gabbro walls, each 246 feet (75 meters) long, slowly grow taller as they sink into the ground. The 58,191 names inscribed on the walls in Optima typeface list all of the servicemen who were either confirmed to be Killed in Action or classified as Missing in Action when the walls were constructed in 1982. When a visitor faces the walls, his or her reflection can be seen simultaneously with the engraved names, symbolically bringing the past and present together.

earthlynation:

tortoise by source

so beautiful and coragious!
njwight:

Family Portrait
fullfiguredpotential:

The radiant Miss Jill Scott graces the cover of Essence magazine’s October issue.
The newest addition to my WABAM collection. The rose ring (Taken with Instagram)
Bringing the 80’s back (Taken with Instagram)
Smithsonian magazine July issue. Funny clam (Taken with Instagram)

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Polar bear mom with cubs? Auto-reblog!

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Morning Fluff: “Moooooooom!”

As seen from the RRS James Clark Ross during the U.K. Ocean Acidification cruise off the coast of Greenland in June.

i can these cute bears all day

(Source: thedailywhat, via discoverynews)

i know someone who looooves her nutella

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