Literacy and Liberty

Old West Memorial
Posted by: , October 3, 2018, 5:16 pm
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I went to the Old West Memorial Hall, commemorating Dickinson students that died in wars in the United States army. Memorials often seem like a glorification of war to me, which I am starting to think is part of the point. I used to tell people shocking stories of how I was treated when I was a kid, because it was dramatic, and I sometimes turned my sadness into excitement to cope. When I went to the memorial with its beautiful and grandiose metal engravings, and read the names of students that were just like me, who with conviction fought and died in WWII and the civil war, I felt excited, because I am distanced from the horrors of war.

Simultaneously, I feel a great distance from parts of the war memorial, and the United States flag. One of the plaques honored those who served in Iraq, Vietnam, and Korea. These students gave up their lives because they were told that they were fighting for peace. And yet, in Korea Iraq and Vietnam combined, we killed millions of civilians. Where is the plaque honoring them? In the Native Guard, the men were not recognized or buried. I think in both of these situations, the acknowledgement of the non White-Americans is missing.

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I love this post. It bring about the importance of both the people who are honored and those who are not. I think it is important to realize that a big chunk of history is missing when we disregard a group of people that served, aka people of color.

   Ainslie 10.07.18 @ 11:38 pm

Talya, I want to encourage you to read Scarlet’s post about memorials for those lost in “the American War” in Vietnam. Thank you for sharing your conflicted response to Memorial Hall with us.

   Professor Seiler 10.08.18 @ 2:29 pm

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