The Vietnam Memorial, that long, low wall with the name of every veteran killed in the conflict incised upon it, stands near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Completed in 1982, it symbolized more than anything else that the nation was regaining its equilibrium about the war 5 and was coming to regard the Vietnam veterans with the same respect that it accorded to veterans of prior wars. By 1982 the American public were noticing their own altered feelings about Vietnam, which were not only significant in themselves, but they were likewise part of a massive social change in the United States during the decade 10 after the war: the renaissance of conservatism. This shift especially affected politics, social structure, economics and theology. The highlight of the period was the election of a conservative president, the confirmation of the country's ideological trend and of its respect for conservative values, such as the Vietnam war, which had been 15 the liberals' nightmare, something for which they had little to no respect.
1. What would be the best title for the passage?
2. What did the Vietnam Memorial signify about the way the American public felt about the Vietnam war?
3. What did the date of completion of the memorial signify about the feelings of the American public?
4. According to the passage what did the rebirth of conservatism not affect?
5. What can we not infer from the passage about feelings towards the Vietnam war?
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