[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Great War is often misunderstood. A full century divorced from the beginning, our generation has little connection to the war that began from complicated circumstances and nationalistic bravado.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]It was horrendous; old-world military strategies confronted new-world technological advancements that slaughtered. Machineguns, tanks, poison gas, airplanes- all were instruments of death that killed right alongside the dreaded disease that infested the trenches.
To honor those who fought and died and to honor those who fought and lived, Americans of last century sought to memorialize these heroes in stone, so that the world may never forget.
However, it seems that we are already starting to forget as Hawaii considers demolishing a World War I memorial to make room for yet another beach.
The Daily Caller reports:
The city of Honolulu is considering demolishing its official memorial to the fallen of World War I and moving a portion of the memorial across the street to the site of a separate remembrance plaque. Ten thousand service members from the then-Hawaiian territories fought in the Great War; 101 were killed.
Descendants of those killed are fighting the city over the fate of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium. First opened in 1927, the salt water swimming pool fell into disrepair after years of neglect and was closed in 1979.
Despite being listed as a “national treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and recognized by the World War I Centennial Commission and American Battle Monuments Commission as unique among our national war memorials, it is under threat by interests who want to tear it down to make way for a beach and who cite the high cost of repairing it.
Before passing away, Senator and Medal of Honor recipient Daniel Inouye even weighed in on this situation, saying: “I am fully supportive [of] current efforts to preserve, restore, and improve this historic landmark.”
Today, pyramids that took years to build stand as monuments thousands of years after they were built and we cannot even be bothered to leave a WWI memorial undisturbed for a century?
Sadly, fewer and fewer appear to understand the significance of the Great War. In school, I was taught precious little about the “war to end all wars.” It wasn’t until my freshman year in college that I asked a professor to whom I was close about the details of the war.
Mystified by the political, social and technological events that helped create the bloodshed, I immersed myself in the subject. I wrote my thesis on the Zimmerman Telegram’s effect on U.S. involvement in the war and my wife has gracefully endured countless lectures on the subject of the Great War- nearly all of which begin and end with, “I wish people had an understanding of how truly horrific this event was!”
Our national history is being eroded. As liberals and turncoat Republicans seek to sanitize history by cleansing our nation of semblances of the Confederacy, it’s clear that the left views history and reverence for our history as an obstacle to the furtherance of their political, historically-scrubbed agenda.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]