I was able to visit the WWII memorial in Washington, DC, for the first time. I had followed all of the controversy, and I myself had wondered how any memorial would be adequate to such an overwhelming event in our nation's history. I was in for a surprise. The memorial was very impressive, and far more emotionally charged than I anticipated. There was quite a crowd gathered to view it, all sitting quietly or taking pictures. The Vietnam memorial, though, remains the most incredible encounter with a piece of granite that I think anyone can ever have. If you have never walked by it, then you need to. This memorial is as significant as any great sight that you might dream of visiting. See this memorial...make certain that your children see it. I walked slowly along the black granite wall, with my hat in hand and my wife and daughter by my side. My daughter said, "Wow, there must be a million men who died in this war!" I responded, "No, but there were too many who died." I then asked her why the names of those who died in WWII were not inscribed on the WWII memorial. The answer: there are far too many who died... I am no pacifist. This nation is worth dying for if necessary. I also support the war in Iraq wholeheartedly. On the other hand, war is terrible and comes with a terrible cost. This is a message that our children need to hear. The following image of the memorial facing the Pacific theatre side. The memorial is mirror-imaged on the left, but memorializing the Atlantic operation.