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Ms. True's War Memorial Project

What is collective memory, and why is it important to remember certain individuals and events in history? In this assignment, you will identify commemorative sculptures or memorials in your local and greater community [Holocaust Memorial at Buttonwood Park] and look at the work of Maya Lin, who has created a sculpture that commemorates the Vietnam War. You will explore the ongoing historical significance of this memorial and others and then come up with your own ideas for a national war memorial for one of the following:  Cuban Revolution, India-Pakistan War, Nicaraguan War, Lebanon's Civil War, Iran-Iraq War, Somalia, Persian Gulf War [Desert Shield/Desert Storm]. Below are some sites that will get you thinking.
Vietnam War Memorial : the Wall
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Deliberately setting aside the controversies of the war, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the men and women who served when their Nation called upon them. The designer, Maya Lin, felt that “the politics had eclipsed the veterans, their service and their lives.” She kept the design elegantly simple to “allow everyone to respond and remember.”

 Here is another link Vietnam War Memorial to check out.

National WWII Memorial


The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. Symbolic of the defining event of the 20th Century, the memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people. The Second World War is the only 20th Century event commemorated on the National Mall’s central axis.
War Memorials in the United Kingdom
Throughout the United Kingdom, wars are a very popular topic on television, in museums, and around the city of London and elsewhere in the UK. There are memorials for all of Britain's wars everywhere. Go to this site the UK National Inventory of War Memorials to check out several!