Kilroy Is Here--Can You Find Him?
Nicely hidden in the dour, pretentious, bombastic architecture that is the National World War II Memorial on the Mall is a delightful bit of whimsy that visitors are just beginning to discover.
Visitors to the memorial have slowly been finding their way to the back, where the famous Kilroy graffiti has been etched into the stone as a clever gem for those in the know to discover.
To read about the origins of the legend of James J. Kilroy, the WW2 shipyard inspector whose graffiti became a bonding symbol for a generation of Americans, click here.
And if you want to see the memorial's Kilroy for yourself, here's a hint: There's a small, walled-off service area at the back of the memorial (Lincoln Memorial side) where the ground is made of metal grating. If you scan the back wall of the memorial near there, you'll find what you're looking for.
I still can't stand the thing and what it has done to the majestic views on the Mall, but at least there's now evidence that someone involved in the creation of the memorial had a puckish sensibility, and perhaps most amazing of all, the organizers of the new landmark managed to keep this bit out of the news throughout the endless hyping that accompanied the opening of the memorial.
By Marc Fisher |
May 2, 2006; 7:39 AM ET
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