The site is beautiful, peaceful and full of respect for those who gave their all and then some. The location is perfect because:
- More by accident than by design, the land was taken from Robert E. Lee to use as the Union was running out of places to put the dead. So, the traitor lost territory (his descendants got a big check to compensate, alas) to put the dead that he helped cause (had Lee been a lousier general, the Union might not have lost as many lives).
- It is around the corner from the Pentagon, so those who plan and deploy the troops have a constant reminder of the costs of their decisions.
- It is across the river but quite nearby the White House and the Congress, which should but does not always remind these folks of the gravity of their decisions. It is easy for folks elsewhere to declare the need to do MOAR in Syria, Iraq, etc. since they do not work near the place where the folks lost in previous military efforts rest.
- And it is so close to the other memorials nearer to the Mall that also mark the big efforts of the past--the Vietnam memorial, the WWII memorial, Korea, etc.
|JFK/RFK and eternal flame|
|Memorial for those who died in the |
failed Iran hostage rescue effort
|Tomb of Unknown Soldier|