The Permanent Temporary

Martone, Michael
September 2005
Southern Review;Autumn2005, Vol. 41 Issue 4, p878
Academic Journal
This essay focuses on a World War II memorial in Washington D.C. In May 2004 thousands gathered in Washington D.C. to dedicate the new memorial. It was some sixty years in the making. Part of what slowed construction of the World War II memorial had to do with the decision where to place it. Symbolically, the Second World War is to be seen, finally, as the seminal event of the so-called American Century, the twentieth one, sandwiched between the marble cenotaphs of the country's two previous centuries. When cameramen zoomed in on the four thousand stars affixed to one curving wall, journalists noted that each star represents one hundred Americans who died, some four hundred thousand in all.


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