- Posted November 11, 2009 by
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Stories from Second Life
Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Second Life
The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Wall in Second Life, a replica of the one in Washington DC, is a somber place despite the blossoming cherry trees all around it. On this Veterans Day, people are looking through the names, some looking for relatives or friends who died in the war, but most this reporter spoke with were just there to honor the fallen. Not everyone there wanted to talk. One who did was Dominick Hargrove, who served in Vietnam and is grateful that all of his friends returned home alive.
A total of 58,159 US soldiers died in Vietnam. Looking up individual names on the Wall would be a daunting task, so there are interactive directors in several places on the island, which allow people to search for names of those who fell or might have fallen in Vietnam. The teleporter feature, which teleports people to the Wall panel containing the name of the person they are looking for wasn't working this morning, but a separate feature that places a temporary marker over the panel was working. To use it, find the name of the person you are looking for and then right click the directory. A popup menu allows you to place a marker. The marker, a white arrow with the name of the person you're looking for, will remain in place for three minutes over the panel containing the person's name.
You can also visit two nearby statues, Three Servicemen and Vietnam Veterans Women.
Second Life members can teleport to the Memorial site by clicking slurl.com/secondlife/The%20Wall/40/35/26.