World War II Monument in Washington, DC


 

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Ww2a (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday, I saw the World War II monument in Washington, D.C. It was a night, so it was a little more haunting. It is masterfully lit up.

It is something fantastic. There are  water fountains, memorials to all the states, and some intricate sculptures depicting the battles on both fronts: the Pacific and the European.  I would’ve spent hours just looking at the little intricate sculptures.

I thought it was an appropriate memorial to these people, and it’s a good thing they were willing to sacrifice their lives, or where would we be now?

It’s too bad it took so long to put up the memorial since many of them have already passed on.

One of my reactions was: is this glorifying war? But, of course, we have to honor people who died. That’s what a memorial is supposed to be. It’s incredibly sad that people are still dying every day on our behalf.

I suppose war is just something that people do to solve problems. It seems so ridiculous that in the 21st century it’s still going on today. How often do we think of the men and women dying in Afghanistan?

I don’t think it’s as clear-cut today as it was during WWII. It hasn’t been clear-cut since the Korean War, or the Vietnam War.

What do you think? Should we put up elaborate memorials celebrating the heroes who died? Is war going to be part of humanity as long as humanity survives? Is peace around the world an impossible dream?

What do you think?

Mike Wallace dead at 93


Mike Wallace (journalist)

Mike Wallace (journalist) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just read the news, Mike Wallace dead at 93. He was a real character, and I’ve been watching him on TV and the news for a majority of my life.

I remember watching “60 Minutes” with my parents when I lived at home. I’d was a Senior in high school when the first “60 Minutes” aired in 1968. I enjoyed Wallace’s probing interviews. He got right at the truth. At the time I was only 18. My parents and I would watch “60” minutes together every week. It was family time for us.

I feel like I did when Walter Cronkite and David Brinkley died. When there were disastrous or life changing events, these were the guys who first gave me the news. They were more than fleeting images on a TV screen. I feel like I lost an old family friend.

It was a different world back when I watched the news as a kid.  We only had 1/2 hour of national TV news a night, and we waited for it. It’s not like today when you can put on the TV and get your news over and over. It’s not like the internet which is where I first found out about his death. Yes, things have drastically changed.

Over the years I watched him intimidate people when he interviewed them, and got them to say things they didn’t really want to say. You had to admire his style. He was one tough guy. He took on  Khomeini, and Russian President, Putin. He didn’t seem to be afraid of anyone.

But when he got involved in a lawsuit when General Westmoreland was suing” 60 Minutes”about a story about Vietnam, he underwent a bout of depression. It was hard to believe that such an outwardly tough guy was vulnerable to such a human disease. He publicly stated that he used antidepressants to keep it under control. I admired him for making it public.

He talked about how the death of his son, Peter, during a hiking accident in 1962 motivated him to take his journalism job more seriously because Peter also wanted to be a journalist. (Wallace had hosted game shows, and appeared on TV. He wasn’t just a journalism guy in the beginning of his career).

Wallace is the last of a generation that I got my news from. It makes me sad.

How do you feel when a public figure that you identified with passes away. Any feelings about Mike Wallace’s death?