We Remember.

Chris Griffin: I was going to school, and this guy won't let me.
Peter Griffin: Oh yeah? Him and what army?
Chris Griffin: [points to soldiers in street] The U.S. Army.
Peter Griffin: Oh, that's a good army.

Family Guy, “E Peterbus Unum” (7/12/00)


Hover your mouse over the photos to learn a little more about them.

War of 1812

The original Star-Spangled Banner pre-restoration) that flew over Fort McHenry on September 14, 1814 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write what is now our National Anthem. The War of 1812 is the only war on American soil that involved Baltimore to any important extent, and the Battle of Baltimore is considered to be the turning point in the war. Go visit the Fort and be fascinated.

The Civil War

Graveyard of soldiers' graves in Savannah, GA, taken in 1865. The Civil War was 150 years ago and the memorials still feel very "our side" and "their side". p

The Spanish-American War

This is a stereogram of a 21-gun salute to soldiers who died in the Spanish-American War. Taken in 1899.

World War I

The World War One Museum is located in Kansas City, MO. Did you know that there is no national monument to World War I, and that the reason for that lack is bureaucratic bickering? As of today, we have exactly one living veteran of World War I in the US. Frank Buckles is 109 years old, and still lobbying for a national memorial.

World War II

This is the World War II memorial in Washington, DC, which opened a couple of years ago. It's located at the far end of the reflecting pool opposite the Lincoln Memorial. For all the visitors, it's a very peaceful place. Many people sit on the edge of the water and put their feet in, although they're discouraged by some of the signage. But in a way it's a form of communing with those to whom it's dedicated. There's a lot of detail that can't be captured in the larger photographs.

Korean War

Korean War Memorial. A short walk from the others, and yet it feels unfortunately overlooked. Coincidentally this is called "the forgotten war". There are 19 statues; when reflected in the wall making 38, as in the 38th Parallel.

A detail from the Korean memorial. The number under the boy's leg is 54,246.

Vietnam War

The Vietnam War Memorial Wall. Perhaps THE quietest place in DC. Look also for the statues dedicated to the soldiers and the nurses. The tour guides are great at this one.

Persian Gulf War

This is a detail from a larger memorial in Rochester, Minnesota, called the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial. It opened about ten years ago.

Iraq War

Proposal for Iraq War Memo
rial, Symbolic Transposition of effects of war in Iraq to the U.S. and England: 10 Downing St., Parliament, U.S. Capitol and the White House (detail), 2007, Sam Durant. This image comes up most frequently when you do an image search for an Iraq memorial.

Thank you all for your ultimate sacrifice.

One thought on “We Remember.”

  1. the Korean war memorial is amazing…if you look at the wall, at the etchings, the reflection of the soldiers walking looks real…its an incredible work of art…WWII memorial is beautiful when the water is on, but did you know they turn the water off? One of my all time favorites is the FDR memorial…this was a really nice blog
    Really…I had no idea that they shut it off. I like the FDR Memorial too. But one of my favorite memorials isn’t even in DC; it’s the Civil Rights Memorial in Birmingham, Alabama. It was designed by Maya Lin, who also did the Vietnam Wall. –C

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