From Trajan’s Column, completed in 113 AD, to the statue of Christopher Columbus in Easton, Pennsylvania, monuments and memorials have been a significant element of celebration and honor throughout history (Source B). Though monuments are typically meant as a symbol of honor, recent controversy over statues dedicated to Confederate leaders and generals has sparked the debate over how to choose subjects to memorialize, and the actual development of these memorials. When considering what or who to honor, one must also consider the subjects impact on history, ensuring that it is positive. In creating memorials and monuments, groups and agencies should examine the historical significance of the events or persons they wish to memorialize, and the
On Memorial Day, 1921, four soldiers were exhumed from four World War I American cemeteries in France. U.S. Army Sgt.
A locality may, within the geographical limits of the locality, authorize and permit the erection of monuments or memorials for any war or conflict, or for any engagement of such war or conflict, to include the following monuments or
On May 1, 1981 a jury declared Maya Ying Lin of Athens, Ohio as the winning memorial design. The memorial’s walls point to the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. 58,267 names are inscribed in chronological order of the date of casualty. I believe this depicts the war as a series of human sacrifices and therefore they shall receive a special place in history. Each name is preceded on the west wall or on the east wall by one of two symbols: a diamond or a cross. The diamond denotes that the individual has been declared deceased. The 780 persons whose names are designated by a cross were either missing or prisoners at the end of the war and remains missing and unaccounted for. If a person returns alive, a circle, as a symbol of life, is inscribed over the cross. In the event an individual’s remains are returned or are otherwise accounted for, the diamond is superimposed over the cross. Knowing this, I remain hopeful that some soldiers will return home alive. Walking beside the wall and seeing the names inscribed allowed me to feel great pride in my country as these soldiers gave up their life fighting for the people of America. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial will properly commemorate each soldier for the rest of
The memorial is a circle intersected by a triangle. In a triangle field, 19 stainless steel statues are in a squad on patrol, representing each branch of the U.S. armed forces: Air Force, Army, Marines, and Navy. They are portrayed from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, and their windblown ponchos mean the harsh weather of Korea. On the side of the statues, 22 countries of the United Nations that sent troops or gave medical support are listed. On the south side, a black granite wall, which intermingles the images of the faces, is standing. The faces are based on actual photographs of unidentified U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. At the Pool of Remembrance, a small part of a circle, numbers of people who killed, wounded, held prisoner-of-war- are
This memorial has every single name of a fallen soldier that fought in the Vietnam War. The design is perfect because it is different from all the other memorials in D.C. Every other memorial recognizes the great accomplishments of their war. The soldiers in those memorials are rising in triumph on top of black pedestals (Source E). Instead, this memorial honors the dead instead of the living. The goal of Maya Lin for choosing this design is for everyone
3) 'War memorial' is a commemorative object, something intended to remind us of the people who have served and died in and because of war. People may argue over which is the best form for a war memorial, and whether war memorials should serve the further purpose of contributing to the prevention of future wars. They may debate a particular memorial's artistic merit, its cost or its location. However, common to all war memorials remains the intention that they serve as a reminder to us of those we have lost to war.
Vietnam Veteran Memorial has a interesting history because of all the stuff that went into it. The architect who designed it was Maya Lin. They started construction on March 26, 1982 and was finished in November 13, 1982. The people on the wall are all the people who died or were wounded in action in the war. It was built without government funds. All together they collected over 8.4 million dollars in funds to build it. Vietnam Veteran Memorial had a lot of success because of the history of it.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial essay argues for a reading of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as a postmodern discourse. The authors suggest that the Memorial reflects the typical gestures of postmodern architecture. "People have cried at the wall, prayed there, screamed in anger and in pain, found friends and comforted strangers.” This quote is very toughing. I can’t imagine the pain the family members felt when they saw their love one’s name. But at the same time seeing the names of their family remembers of their heroes. The authors go on talking about the architectural art form of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. They say technology progress would constitute the aesthetic and provide the solution to social ills. "When people find . . . the
When looking at the controversial argument over the importance of physical monuments and memorials it is important to consider the following, location, size, and the controversy these monuments bring up. The debate over the location, size, and what these statutes represent are all important in considering the long-term effects these monuments and memorials have on the world.
There was little cheer as the war entered its fourth year; living with war had become the norm. There were some who found it difficult to recall a time before war had broken out. Europe struggled beneath winter’s iron grip; action on the Western Front had slowed and the outlook on all fronts was bleak. The people of the Isle shared the nation’s sullen obstinacy; they had come to hate war, something they had entered with a clarity of purpose but, to which, they saw no end. The Epworth Bells commented that it was as though everyone was experiencing the same bad dream. The paper began the year showing photographs of the Epworth men killed in the past six months. It was conceived as a patriotic gesture, with overtures of remembrance, but it did
This monument represents war in multiple ways. On each face of the monument, there is a different war that is represented. On the first side it commemorates The Revolutionary War and The Civil War. The second side of the monument shows The Spanish American War and The Great War. The third face of the monument has World War II and Korean War shown. Lastly, the fourth side shows Vietnam. Under each war, there is a written statement and the years that the war took place. Each statement either thanks those who served, or it
“I know we’re all going to die. There’s three of us who are going to do something about it. I love you, honey.” Were the last words Thomas Burnett Jr. said to his wife before he sacrificed himself and took the plane back from the terrorists. The plane crashed in Pennsylvania, there were no survivors. Most people only remember those that lost their lives at the World Trade Centers, but we must not forget those who fought back. Those who lost their lives fighting for the safety of the country. In this day of remembrance, we must recall what we are here for. On September 11, 2001, 2,996 innocent lives were lost, 6,000 were injured, and millions across the nation were impacted. Brothers, sisters, parents and children lost their lives to the terrorist
Memorials are not just seen in Armenia, but in many other countries around the world. The Armenian National institute website displays a total of two hundred memorials in thirty-two countries’ memorials for the Armenian Genocide—countries such as Argentina, Canada, India, and many others. The role of these memorials, in other countries, is the symbolic remembrance of what occurred and continued acknowledgment of the Armenian community. For instance, in Calcutta, India, they have a monumental sculpture paying tribute to the Armenian genocide, in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary. The inscription on the sculpture says, “our glorious Martyrs in grateful tribute to over one million martyrs of the Armenian Nation who lost under most tragic conditions during the Great World War 1914-1918” (www.armenian-genocide.org). All of the memorials around the world have different visual cues and representations of how they pay homage. In France, their monument represents more resistance; whereas in Jerusalem, it symbolizes death (Watenpaugh.lec3/29/16). All thirty-two countries are commemorating the people who have suffered—but more notably, they are showing their
World War One (WWI) was arguably the most costly conflict in human history. With over "one third of men returning home" with serious mental ailments, this war had effects long after the armistice treaty (World War I Document Archive 18). This war lasted well past the signing of the treaty and went on to spark the beginning of the Second World War in 1939. Veterans were plagued with sickness long after the effects of the gas wore off and long after the guns fell silent, and to this day photographs of the trenches send chills down the spine of any man. WWI conjures up images of a no man 's land strewn with dead bodies; their