ethics, government, human rights, travel

War Memorials Washington DC

The World War II Memorial … was dedicated by President George W. Bush on May 29, 2004. …

As of 2009, more than 4.4 million people visit the memorial each year. …

The memorial consists of 56 granite pillars, each 17 feet (5.2 m) tall, arranged in a semicircle around a plaza …

It’s well done. A worthy memorial for those who died fighting Hitler and the Japanese. Though I’m anti-war myself I can’t deny WW II was necessary.


The Vietnam Veterans Memorial … consists of three separate parts: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, completed first and the best-known part of the memorial; the Three Servicemen Memorial, and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. …

The Memorial Wall is made up of two 246-foot-9-inch (75.21 m) long gabbro walls, etched with the names of the servicemen being honoured …

As many do, I found is stark, simple and evocative. All the names a sharp rebuke to those in politics and the military who stupidly decided to have the USA fight in Vietnam. Sadly Trump and his military henchmen are not likely to have learned the lessons of Vietnam nor Iraq.


After those two the Korean War Veterans Memorial is surprising.

Within the walled triangle are 19 stainless steel statues … each larger than life-size, between 7 feet 3 inches (2.21 m) and 7 feet 6 inches (2.29 m) tall; each weighs nearly 1,000 pounds (500 kg). …

  • Dead — United States: 54,246,[9] United Nations: 628,833[10]
  • Wounded — United States: 103,284, United Nations: 1,064,453.
  • Captured — United States: 7,140, United Nations: 92,970.
  • Missing — United States: 8,177,[11][12] United Nations: 470,267.

Despite the huge casualty list you don’t hear much about the Korean War any longer.


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