The dispute over the congressional effort to nationalize the District of Columbia War Memorial [“A battle over the ‘Great War,’ ” front page, Jan. 24] is, on one level, absurd because any war memorial already in existence commemorates all who fought in that war.

If Congress wishes to have a memorial for Americans who gave their lives in World War I, its members should think on a grander scale and allocate money for a memorial that might match the existing memorials on the Mall to those who fought and died in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Let the District of Columbia War Memorial continue to serve its original purpose, the commemoration of Washingtonians who fought in World War I.

Christopher T. George, Baltimore