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Monday, May 25, 2015


World War I has received increased attention since its centennial commemoration in 2014, and that attention has led to a push for the Great War to finally have a proper memorial in Washington D.C.

The WWI Centennial Commission is accepting design submissions until July 21, and they hope the project will be completed by the centennial of the WWI’s end on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2018.

The memorial is slated for construction in the oft-overlooked Pershing Park at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, which makes it more than unfortunate that the Commission has already decided to shove Gen. John Pershing aside in their plans.

According to the Washington Post, the vice chairman of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission Edwin L. Fountain said that the new memorial would include the 35-year-old statue of Pershing that is currently at the site, but that it would definitely not be the centerpiece.

Fountain said tellingly, “The memorial as it stands now, the focus obviously is on Gen. Pershing. And with all due respect to him, we’ve moved away from the ‘great man’ approach to war memorials.”



Anonymous said...

We moved away from great men when we elected our first wimpy crybaby president.

Anonymous said...

honor him!

Anonymous said...

The ordinary soldier deserves more honor. the sacrifices they made in WWI and continue to make are greater than any general. Without them generals have no wars to conduct.

Anonymous said...

Let me guess.

The focus on memorials and monuments will be on "Diversity", not the person or leadership that earned their place in history.

Which will shake loose a few hundred million dollars from the taxpayer's purse, for "culturally sensitive" and "inclusive" national tributes to politically corrected and reconstructed events.

Anonymous said...

You were a lot more polite than I was going to be, 9:16.

Anonymous said...

912-Without a great General to lead, the outcome is already known. That's the difference.

Anonymous said...

It is just like the road of valor in Richmond, the Liberals had to show their hate for real men and heroes, by sticking in a statue of Gay Author Ash, in among, the Confederate heroes.

lmclain said...

How long will it be before a statue of a muslim astronaut is placed in front of the Air & Space Museum?
Soon, I'm sure.