If there’s one thing the United States excels in, it’s monuments.
Today we saw the Iwo Jima statue, named the Marine Corps War Memorial. The statue itself is a 3D representation of the famous picture that emerged during WWII. Engraved on the base of the memorial are the names and dates of every engagement carried out by the Marine Corps.
America has been in a lot of wars.
Of course that’s not to say that other countries are usually free from conflict, but the concept of war in the States, like so many other things, has it’s own unique connotations. Americans romanticize war, they study it, commemorate and condemn it. War has been deeply assimilated in American culture. Books, movies, museums and memorials on war are all a strong part of this nation.
That’s not to say that Americans are against peace. It’s clear from the past decade or so that many Americans are fed up with policing the world. So many social and economic issues are cropping up that the government shouldn’t be focusing so much on foreign issues.
It also makes me understand why so many Americans are uneducated and indifferent to the situation of the world. This country is so big, it’s history so expansive and the issues so numerous that it’s difficult for anyone to keep up with it all.
I guess that’s the beauty of war monuments. It’s a reminder of the past, a testament to how much was sacrificed for the present life.