Healing Viet Nam's Wounds

A statue helps to honor survivors of a divisive war

The posture of the three figures is slack, the battle dress disheveled. The faces are young and tired. The eyes are wary. There is nothing heroic about the bronze men, but together they suggest the wordless fellowship that is forged only in combat. And there can be no mistaking where they fought: Viet Nam.

The dedication of Frederick Hart's seven-foot figures last week before 150,000 veterans, relatives and officials in Washington, D.C., climaxed three days of ceremonies devoted to Viet Nam veterans. The statue, says Hart, was "deliberately designed to be a sort...

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