Rochester has a most unusual, powerful and moving Vietnam Memorial. Located over a large area within Highland Park, it commemorates the loss of 280 lives using a series of plaques/posts that snake their way around the site. Each post [see below] contains a small disk depicting their military branch, and a inset plaque with their name, age and rank, as well as the name of the high school from which they graduated. The last piece of information brings everything closer to home and more personal. Another highlight of the memorial site is a monument containing the figure of a soldier in the act of walking [literally] into a granite wall [below right]. One can imagine a number of interpretations for the symbolism of this structure -- each of them gut-wrenching. I don’t often get over to visit the memorial, but each time I leave away with deep emotions. These photos were originally in color, but after conversion to B & W, I thought that they had a more profound impact.