Price of freedom

This Memorial Day the country dedicated its monument on the national mall to all our veterans of World War II. The nearly 7-1/2 acres of gleaming, imported marble with its pool, arches, columns, wreaths, eagles and quotations are a fitting tribute to Victory and to War.

But the 4,000 stars on the “Wall of Remembrance” gives short shrift to the boys who lost their lives in the nearly four years it took to destroy Hirohito’s Empire and Hitler’s Third Reich. An anonymous 1/100 of a single gilded star, an area smaller than the eraser on your pencil, is all the remembrance each one will get. How can any visitor be expected to see the price this nation had to pay?

Scott Brener is from Apple River, Ill.

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