Photo gone viral shows kids playing on Vietnam Women's Memorial-- while veterans watched

An amateur photographer from Ohio snapped a photo of children climbing on The Vietnam Women's Memorial during a recent trip to D.C.-- and it's gone viral.

Matthew Munson was visiting Washington from Avon, Ohio, when he stopped at the memorial. A self-described amateur photographer, Munson was taking some photos when he says some parents encouraged their kids to climb on the memorial to take a picture-- just as a war veteran was passing in a wheelchair.

Munson says it was almost empty when he showed up at the memorial. He was taking photos when girls showed up, and says at first he didn't think anything of it. He says he was waiting for them to move so he could take more pictures when their parents showed up and told the girls "to get on for pictures." He says the kids were treating the memorial like a jungle gym.

"The parents were laughing while trying to get their kids to pose," Munson wrote on Reddit. "There was a crowd of tourists forming around the parents just glaring at them. It was all pretty brutal to watch."

Amongst the crowd, as Munson's photo shows, were veterans.

"They looked hurt more than angry. They were quiet. That's when I noticed a big group around the parents glaring at them, the pressure was intense and the kids blissfully ignorant. That's when I snapped the picture."

Munson writes that he tried to get a good shot of the crowd and the parents, but couldn't. Eventually, the kids got down and just ran off with their parents.

Munson posted the photo on Reddit, and it instantly generated a huge response-- much of it from people who were outraged.

The Vietnam Women's Memorial is dedicated to the women of the United States who served in the Vietnam War, most of whom were nurses.

More of Munson's photos: Click here
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