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The pillars are connected by bronze sculpted rope that symbolize the bonding of our Nation.

southbury_prep@yahoo.com

I love the symbolizism in this pic!

Posted by Guest on Wed 04 Apr 2007 01:17:24 PM EDT

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 Sun 01 Apr 2007 10:55:27 PM EDT

The 17-foot pillars are open in the center for greater transparency, and ample space between each pillar allows viewing into and across the memorial.

daniel.rollins@dhs.gov

Look! Isn't it a beautiful site and notice the US States inscribed on pillars???????????????????????????

Posted by Guest on Mon 11 Sep 2006 09:54:44 AM EDT

John Gardner was the first public visitor to the World War II Memorial. "The Memorial is truly a jewel in the Mall."

Magnum

Actually the truth is, nobody was actually there first, and everybody was there first. The beneral public as a whole will never be there first or last, for this memorial is a timeless place, a place of reflection, of contemplation, and of respect. There are no winners or losers, only the quiet memories of those who served to protect us in a time of crisis.

Posted by Guest on Thu 06 Apr 2006 11:18:12 PM EDT

Charlotte has been working on the Memorial for eight months. "The memorial is a beautiful place for all to see."

Magnum

Tis true fadigi.

Posted by Guest on Thu 06 Apr 2006 11:12:21 PM EDT

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 01:02:56 PM EST

Gentry Davis, Regional Director,
National Park Service, National Capital Region. "So many veterans like myself will recognize the beauty and message of this memorial."

glamca@comcast.net

Either though I'm 51 - This Memorial was designed with such Grace. It speaks Volumes to the World. Interesting - people were talking in quiet voices - such taking in the Memorial. It is a treasure!!!! Thank you and to all the Men and Women that serve and served our country.

Posted by Guest on Wed 01 Jun 2005 09:03:40 AM EDT

World War II Memorial dedication stone. E PLURIBUS UNUM - was chosen by the first Great Seal committee in 1776. The correct English translation is: Out of many, one. The message is carried by the American Eagle. Special thanks to Caroline Wolter and Peter Himler for making this gallery possible.

dworley@vvm.net



IN GOD WE TRUST

Posted by Guest on Sat 22 May 2004 06:34:18 PM EDT

John Gardner was the first public visitor to the World War II Memorial. "The Memorial is truly a jewel in the Mall."

Steve Taylor

This man is a fraud and a liar. I was there for this moment. I saw this gentleman standing there, and he did indeed get into the monument, but NOT FIRST. The first member of the public to enter slid into the gates ahead of this guy. He is a 19 year old englishman named Adam Rose. Way to go, Adam...

Posted by Guest on Fri 07 May 2004 11:18:05 PM EDT

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