More thoughts on World War II memorial |

More thoughts on World War II memorial

Fred Stewart

Dear Editor,

The profoundness of the Vietnam War Memorial is that it gets the scale and message right. It’s nestled into the monuments of Washington.

So where to commemorate those from World War II? It was the “war of the socialists,” Soviet vs. national. Of the 55 million dead worldwide, America lost 400,000 or 0.07 percent of the toll. Russia’s part was 45 percent, 25 million.

In World War I, the percentages of pre-war population killed or wounded were 9 percent of Germany, 11 percent of France, and 8 percent of Great Britain. The United States suffered 0.37 percent of its population killed or wounded. World War I’s inconclusiveness led to socialist states.

Socialism’s death knoll came with Ronald Reagan’s statement, “Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” The Berlin Wall fell in 1989. So ended, 75 years later, a war in various forms that began August 1, 1914.

A World War II memorial will take a special place and it might be a while to put it in perspective … especially in the backdrop of present world thinking. World War II is a major landmark in a long war. We want to remember; but, we also want to learn.

In this post atomic age, heed Robert Openheimer’s words quoting the Bhagavad Gita. “I am become death: the destroyer of worlds.”


Fred Stewart

Glenwood Springs

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