I would like the opinions of World War II veterans regarding the planned national WWII memorial.
After I had made a donation in honor of my husband, the brochure sent me stated it would "honor the 16 million Americans who served in uniform, the more than 400,000 who died and those who supported the war effort on the home front."
I believe most people understood the memorial would honor the military and wrote to protest.
In reply, Michael G. Conley, Associate Executive Director, wrote "We are equating the sacrifice of those who fought with those who stayed home. A central focus of the memorial will be a field of gold stars that commemorates in a special way those who gave their lives. Other areas will contain inscriptions and memorial art commemorating the uniformed services. But to ignore the home front effort would contradict the national unity that will be celebrated within the WWII memorial."