Roselle Park Vietnam Memorial

Randy Pulley

The Roselle Park Vietnam Memorial stands in the heart of Roselle Park at the intersection of Chestnut and Clay Avenue. The monument is one of a soldier holding a fist in the air and a rifle in his hand. On the bottom, the stone reads the name of every soldier from the community that went into the war and sacrificed their lives for the United States. The monument is interpreted as a method of healing for those who were devastated by a tragic loss. What struck me the most is the significance that the monument had on residents such as Pat Pagnetti, who I interviewed. With this assignment, I learned that the beauty of monuments is that each one has its own meaning to everyone.

 

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About urba0090

is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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