Skip to comments.Bill for WWI memorial in D.C. has KC up in arms
Posted on 09/24/2008 9:50:50 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
WASHINGTON | It could be the last battle of World War I, nearly 100 years later.
A Republican congressman from Texas wants to create a memorial to the war to end all wars on the National Mall.
But Kansas City feels like it already has that covered. Congress, after all, has designated the citys Liberty Memorial as the National World War I Museum. Its also a National Historic Landmark.
To bolster its claim, the Missouri congressional delegation is behind legislation to ensure that Kansas City serves as the anchor for events surrounding the centennial commemoration of the war, which will get under way in 2014.
(Excerpt) Read more at kansascity.com ...
Agreed, plus in my opinion we already have enough memorials in D.C. as it is.
There’s already a WWI Memorial in Washington DC. Another isn’t needed.
The little templetto by the refecting pool commemorates only D.C. WWI vets.
I have been to the memorial museum in Kansas City and I recommend it to anyone interested in our history. It is impressive. Since most of it was built in the 1920’s (although it was remodeled recently), there is a lot less revisionism than in newer museums.
The last time I was in Kansas City was in 1983. I suspect 99% of Americans could also say they rarely visit KC, as fine of a city as I’m sure it is.
DC is our Nation’s Capitol. We have a beautiful brand new large WWII memorial in DC, in spite of many others (the most awesome of which is in Pearl Harbor) around the country. It makes eminant sense that our capitol should have a memorial to our 3rd most costly (in lives) war.
This would not besmirch the KC memorial at all—it just puts a new memorial where it should be—in our capitol.
The KC museum is also within shouting distance of Ft. Riley, ground zero of the influenza epidemic, which in its own way, was as historic as the war which incubated and spread it.
Unfortunately, Liberty Memorial is a playground for the area gays.
LOL! I googeled and found a picture of the Liberty Memorial, and it’s abundently clear why gays would be attracted to it. Look for youself, and you’ll see why.
I believe that since the renovation this activity isn’t at all like it was in the era where the facility was greatly neglected.
The park by the BMA Tower is much more a center for furtive activity and related crime now, IMHO.
There's another large obelisk dedicated to the WWI AEF, though it's not located in the National Mall; it's across the street from the Old Executive Office Building, IIRC. I can't find my picture of it, but here's a stock photo.
I grew up in KC.
We called it ‘Pecker park’. You never go there after dark unless their is a big event. Then they spend a week cleaning up the place to get it ready.
It’s a disgrace. Couldn’t the establish something like a dog park on the west bottoms somewhere?
That’s an interesting picture. I wanted to do the same, but my wife was tired by that time and wouldn’t even come near the monument. We walked at least 10 miles that day through much of Arlington and with a couple of meandering loops around the National Mall; most of it being in a light rain. The conditions were perfect for the occasion, and we had a great time....
I love the pics of the new condos that the BMA Tower turned into.
Another good war memorial originally built to honor the Great War is in Indianapolis.
Its renovation in 2000-2004 was quite extensive. I was involved in it conceptually to a small degree. You would like the changes.
It still has the mid-town issues that surround it but even those have scaled down in the last fifteen years.
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