This morning, I heard the news announcer say, "It's no longer necessary to visit Washington DC on Veteran's Day; San Jose now has its own memorial." And I thought, WTF? Since when does anyone need a 3000-mile trip to honor the dead? It's not like DC is where the soldiers came from. (It is, ostensibly, where the orders came from... but we're not honoring the orders that got them killed.) Every witch knows that you honor the dead where YOU are or where THEY are; monuments are built for the living.
Which doesn't make them a bad thing. The living need reminders, need a connection to the past, and the fallen. Need to be aware of what causes are worth fighting for, worth dying for. The memorials are elegant, somber, and powerful. "All gave some; Some gave all," the plaque reads.