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Thread #27606   Message #340473
Posted By: mousethief
14-Nov-00 - 11:18 AM
Thread Name: WWII Memorial, finally!
Subject: RE: WWII Memorial, finally!
Doesn't that Iwo Jima statue in Arlington National Cemetary count as a WW2 monument?

I think the reason we got a Vietnam monument before a WW2 monument is, in part, guilt. We felt so bad (in long retrospect) about how we treated the returning Vietnam vets that to assuage our national guilt we built them a memorial. In contrast we treated the returning WW2 vets as heroes, gave them the GI bill, etc. -- there wasn't nearly the sense of guilt, which has just now built to critical mass when we realized it had been 55 years and they didn't have a memorial (at least one on the Mall, anyway).

Just a thought.