Less Bad Than I Thought

World War II Memorial on the National Mall

You may have noticed that I am a person with no shortage of opinions.

I have long been a non-fan of the relatively new World War II Memorial on the National Mall. I think its design is something that Albert Speer would have been proud to produce, and that fascistic iconography just seems inappropriate in a memorial intended to celebrate the triumph of democratic societies at the cost of great individual and shared sacrifice.

I will confess, however, that my opinion had been formed by viewing the memorial from the outside and by a general unhappiness with the way it disrupts the flow of the Mall.

So on our way back from the Rally I popped into the WW2 Memorial to see what it was like on the inside. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s less awful from the interior than it is from outside. And while I cannot describe myself as having become a fan (I find it pretty uninspiring and unimaginative), I do think it’s less of an abomination than I originally believed.

I do hope — no doubt in vain — that we will stop turning the Mall into a Memorial-Du-Jour disneyland. Enough already with the monuments!


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