Message - Re: Humans and Memorial Architecture - purpose

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Posted by  JWmHarmon on November 18, 2002 at 03:38:10:

In Reply to:  Humans and Memorial Architecture posted by BRUTUS on November 05, 2002 at 08:55:37:

Each memorial is different; each is unique.

What is the purpose of the memorial? Who is to be remembered? What is it that is to be remembered about those being honored?

The Washington monument serves one function. The Vietnam Memorial Wall serves an entirely different function. The Jefferson Memorial serves yet another.

The siting of the Memorial can have great significance. Consider the placement of the Lincoln Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial overlooks the Washington Mall and faces the Congress Building. The statue of Lincoln looks out over the Mall, gazing at the Legislative branch of the United States government. Jefferson is on his right hand and the White House, residence of the current President, is on his left hand. He can symbolically keep an eye on one of the Founders of Democracy and the one sworn to protect and defend that Democracy, all the while gazing steadfastly at those in the Legislative branch. This is an appropriate location for the man credited for leading the preservation of the nation known as the United States of America.

In many local communities in the USA, many Memorials are placed on the Courthouse lawn or in parks where they can be seen by all. Other memorials are placed in more private places. Each should be in its most appropriate location. Each should be appropriate for what and who is being honored. Each is unique.

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