December 6, 2012

WWII Memorial


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I didn’t plan to post another shot from DC today. It just worked out that way.

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This is, of course, the World War II Memorial at night, shot from the Atlantic Pavilion. The monument is spectacular to behold at any time of day, but it is especially awe inspiring at night.

This is one of my favorite monuments in DC for a number of reasons. We can start with my age. Although my own father was too young to serve in WWII (he did serve during the Korean War), I grew up with kids who’s fathers were WWII veterans. It seemed like everyone knew someone who fought in the war.

When I was in the 8th grade my class was given an assignment — we each had to seek out someone we knew who fought in WWII and interview them. I chose my friend’s dad. I knew he fought in Europe, but that was all. The interview was eye opening, for a 13 year old. Would be for anyone, really. My friend’s dad didn’t just fight in Europe, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge — a definitive battle in the war in Europe. He pulled no punches, relaying the horrors of war to me. The constant fear. The tragedy of losing friends – “one minute you are talking to your buddy, the next – he’s gone.”  That’s one school assignment I’ll never forget.

As they age, we are losing WWII veterans at a rate of about 740 per day. If you know a veteran, or happen to meet one, don’t hesitate to extend your thanks.

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