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Friedrich St. Florian, World War II Memorial Design Architect. "What inspired me was what the incredible generation of Americans did in the middle of the last century. Americans took up arms on a global scale to defend the principles and ideals of our Nation. I would like the younger people to feel walking through this Memorial that if ever a moment in history reoccurs they will be compelled to fight for our principles."

msp

Do you even know how many Americans were killed in WWII? How dare you desecrate such a memorial dedicated to each & every one of them. Take Viet Nam times twelve. This selfish attitude, looking for some kind of glory in our own name, has us losing wars, such as Viet Nam, and the current ones. Maybe these should've never have been started. People no longer understand unity for a higher purpose, not only for yourself. If they don't fight for the higher principles, what do they fight for? Fun? Personal glory? Practically speaking the hundreds of thousands who died in this war would be forever to list or read them all on a monument. But I do think a book with all their names should be available to anyone who would purchase it. You could spend all the time you want looking over the names when it is convenient. You're right about one thing, war is personal.

Posted by Guest on Mon 02 Apr 2007 02:55:27 AM UTC

Friedrich St. Florian, World War II Memorial Design Architect. "What inspired me was what the incredible generation of Americans did in the middle of the last century. Americans took up arms on a global scale to defend the principles and ideals of our Nation. I would like the younger people to feel walking through this Memorial that if ever a moment in history reoccurs they will be compelled to fight for our principles."

Mikhail Lomize mlomize@umich.edu

With these words from the design architect it makes sense why the
memorial opted from showing the names of individuals lost in the war,
like the Vietnam Memorial, instead showing large marble pillars with
statements for "fight[ing] for our principles." Personally, I value
individuals more than abstract principles, so when a war memorial
replaces the personal human identities of each individual killed with
philosophical platitudes, which dehumanizes war, I believe it is a
disservice to future generations. War is very personal. This
memorial seems to purposefully show the opposite.

Posted by Guest on Sat 28 Jan 2006 06:02:56 PM UTC

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