Memories of the Great War

Monday, November 12, 2007

Regarding the Nov. 4 Sunday Source article about the D.C. Preservation League's "Most Endangered Places":

Ranking the D.C. War Memorial at the top is timely for several reasons beyond its horrendous condition.

Veterans Day marks the 89th anniversary of the end of the "war to end all wars." It could be the last Veterans Day when we can recognize surviving veterans of that conflict. More than 4.7 million men wore the American uniform in the Great War. Now, only a handful of our veterans survive, and no more than a few dozen are living around the world.

So, as we observe Veterans Day today, let's not only work to save the D.C. War Memorial but also remember that the death of America's Great War generation is imminent. We should take a solemn moment today to honor the very few who survive.



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