For the first two years, volunteer veterans kept a nighttime vigil to light the way for visitors. 🕯️James “J.C.” Cummings experienced this first hand. In those early days, he was a young architect on the Cooper-Lecky design team. He remembers heading down to the site one night and noticed a Vietnam veteran holding a lantern, escorting a visitor to a name. Cummings noticed the swinging lantern poignantly reflected in the blackness of The Wall. “This particular image was the very expression of ‘service.’ These individuals [were] protecting The Wall, escorting visitors to it, caring for it with such love, and The Wall was reflecting all of that beauty,” he explained. That vision captured all that The Wall was intended to be. “I don’t know if I’ll ever see something that clearly again,” he added.
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