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Posted at 6:35 PM ET, 04/14/2010

Unbuilding the Mall?

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Eric Martin
Arlington

I found Philip Kennicott’s April 11 article regarding the history of the Mall enlightening and informative [“The Mall: If you unbuild it, they will come”]. However, his suggestion that we dismantle war memorials as veterans “pass on” is thoroughly misguided. Does Mr. Kennicott believe that these memorials exist simply to commemorate the sacrifice of the individuals and are constructed to appease survivors?

He singles out the World War II memorial as the most egregious example of “authoritarian overbuilding” on the Mall. The World War II memorial stands not only as a memorial to those who died fighting in the conflict but as a celebration of the most important achievement of this nation. Our victory against two of the most evil regimes in history saved not only this country but most of the world from oppression. I can think of no structure on our Mall more important to preserve for future generations, not because of its aesthetics, but because it symbolizes what the American people can achieve.

There is such a thing as American exceptionalism, which will continue to endure, but only so long as we believe in it.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | April 14, 2010; 6:35 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, National Mall  | Tags:  Eric Martin, Philip Kennicott, World War II memorial, the Mall  
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Comments

Debates, if they are to get anywhere reasonable ought to be driven more by facts than opinion. Why many tried to delay the WWII Memorial they would say "It destroys the sight lines of the Mall.

Well if you do not walk that line, you may think so. But the Washington Monument is on its hill and is not blocked. If you look straight at the reflecting pool you will see the Lincoln Monument - all of it. No sight lines were blocked that I could find. But it was just one more tactic to delay.

Why?

People were dying and it deprived them of their place.

Now some say, that when they die their remembrance should go . What nonsense.

But many had really want to forget WWII. It was the clear stand against world aggression and gives lie to the call for us to give up when something is difficult.

Now that would be a sight.

A statue of Harry Reid saying "We can not win this war."

Posted by: GaryEMasters | April 15, 2010 5:26 AM | Report abuse

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