Monday, November 12, 2007

Vietnam Veterans' Memorial: Memory, Honor, and Interpretation

Vietnam_war_memorial Today is monument day at propertyprof.  A reader sent this story from USA Today along about a proposed underground “center” beside the memorial wall that would inform visitors about the war.

Propertyprof readers may be interested in this excerpt, touching on a function of monuments and their difference with museums:

Judy Scott Feldman of the National Coalition to Save Our Mall says the center would set a precedent that would encourage other groups to push for interpretive adjuncts to their monuments. "We are mistaking the power of our memorials with the educational value of our museums."

The public domain image of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is from our friends at Wikipedia.

Alfred L. Brophy
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