WASHINGTON (MNS) — It was a little quieter near the Vietnam Wall on Monday than on other Veterans Day holidays as some tourists and school kids stayed away from the capital.
"Normally there'd been kids running up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial," said Paula Stufflebean, an Air Force veteran who travels from Missouri every year to volunteer at the wall with her husband. "There'd normally be a lot more tour groups."
On a clear, crisp fall day, people of all ages — many in uniform — quietly paraded along the wall and past the nearby Korean War monument. Many left poems, photos, flags and wreaths.
But park rangers said the terrorist attacks in September and the subsequent anthrax fears have meant fewer visitors this year.
"People are rather cautious now," said Katherine Williams, a park ranger. "Lots of school groups are afraid to come to D.C."