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January 05, 2006

Monumental Failure: The Flight 93 "Memorial"

Shouldn't a "memorial," you know, actually memorialize something?

Apparently the Flight 93 "Memorial" designer thought that was too passe:

Murdoch's design responded to a "Memorial Expression," directing that the plan should "allow freedom of personal interpretation" of the Battle Over Shanksville. In a brochure announcing the new design, Paul Murdoch's letter boasts that his memorial is "open to emotional experience, individual interpretation and personal contemplation."

...

Monuments are not neutral. They take a stand. They recognize virtue and heroism and they point out the good guys. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier leaves little ambiguity to interpret or misinterpret about the worth of those it represents. The new World War II memorial on the D.C. mall remembers American servicemen, and not Japanese or German veterans. There was a right side and a wrong side to that war, and the monument is not afraid to claim as much.

Would that the Shanksville memorial did so.

As Steyn's piece quoted, civilizations die by suicide, not murder.


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