Washington D.C. was built on former swamp land. During the summer months you definitely feel like it’s still a swamp. The heat and humidity can become unbearable at times, especially for tourists not used to the climate. At the same time the city is drowning in humidity, it is also experiencing a tourism rush due to summer vacations of America’s school children and their families. The combination leads to a lot of misery.
That said, there is no excuse for what we often see take place at the WWII Memorial, which is a beautiful fountain surrounded by pillars. Honor Flight DFW’s historian Bill Croom posted about something taking place there that he couldn’t stand by and watch any longer. He originally wrote,
I almost didn’t post this. I’m not sure this is recent but I know I’ve never seen the photo. I’ve been to the memorial many times, I’ve never seen this happen.
Some might say “My taxes built this I can do what I want.” No tax dollars were used in the building of the WWII Memorial.
The way we feel at HFDFW about the World War II Memorial this is utterly disgraceful. It’s almost up there with the tourist making the obscene middle finger gesture and yelling at the ‘Silence’ sign at the Tomb of the Unknown last year. Not quite but you get the picture. Her picture is still showing up on the internet from time to time.
“Tourists from Hell” this might be titled.
After the post was shared over 1,000 times he edited it to read,
I’ve seen the vast outpouring of emotion on this subject and frankly I’m pleased to see that so many people care. This has certainly struck a cord with a lot of people.
I’d like to change the tone of this post to one of reverence and respect for our WWII veterans however. Hopefully this post will be a learning tool for all of us to stop and think of what these memorials (including the Korean and Vietnam War) really mean to us. They are places to pause and reflect. Quiet contemplation for veterans, families and friends.
Also, every part of this particular memorial has a meaning. Each column represents a state and territory, the end pieces represent the Atlantic and Pacific theaters and the pool is one of remembrance and like the rest of the memorial honors the sacrifice that 16 million people made during World War II.
Lets honor our veterans by honoring their sacred memorials.
Comment below: How would you react if you saw tourists doing this at the WWII Memorial?