“The Column”


When I want to be somewhere congenial to my soul, I fly to Washington, DC. Not for the politics. Oh, no. Especially not now. But for the way the place seems to gather up and hold safe what Lincoln famously called “the better angels of our nature.” Of all the memorials in the capital, the most moving to me always has been the Korean War Veterans Memorial. “The Column” dominates the Memorial. It is a set of 19 steel sculptures by Frank Gaylord representing a platoon on patrol. All of the branches of the military are represented. The faces have the haunted look of those who’ve been too long in combat. It is a place of great, honest, simple dignity.


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