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June 20, 2008


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I think a State Funeral for Frank Buckles is a brilliant and splended idea, for all the reasons Mr. Lessenberry suggests.

As for a monument, I have no real objection, just a note of caution. The service by our WWII veterans, was equally historic. They lobbied for, and got, a monument on the National Mall. And, very much unlike the war-era servicemen and their matchless service, the WWII memorial itself is something of a turd as monuments go. Sorry, I mean no disrespect. But it is nothing so much as a monument to monuments built by committee. (There is of course one of the most brilliant of all Washington monuments, that rightly honors WWII-era servicemen, and that is the Iwo Jima memorial in Arlington, VA.)

I agree with the previous; the World War II memorial is fairly soulless.

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