Advertisement

Voice: Comparing home front to frontlines in WWII ludicrous

March 27, 2002

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."

Advertisement

My husband left college, served more than 4 and a half years, four of it overseas, landed in Normandy on D plus one, continued across Europe through the Ardennes in Belgium, ending in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia.

I acknowledge the tremendous accomplishments of the home front and did my part. But to equate those contributions with the physical, personal and financial sacrifices of those in the battlefields is ludicrous.

BETTY YOUNG

Calipatria

Imperial Valley Press Online Articles
|
|
|