Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Little Dome (1931)

I found a new Memorial--the "little dome". It's a World War I monument to DC residents who died in the First World War. It seems to need a lot of expensive repair and I loved it just as it was. The cicadas were all strumming as loudly as possible in the trees nearby, and the sun was in the golden part of its trip to the sea. I could have been in Attic Greece or 1920's America, so peaceful yet alive was the spot.

The architect was Frederick Brooke, with two assistant architects, Horace W. Peaslee and Nathan G. Wyeth.


The first inscription reads: "This memorial was erected through the voluntary subscriptions of the people of Washington. It was dedicated on Armistice Day in Nineteen Hundred and Thirty One by Herbert Hoover President of the United States. Within this corner Stone the Names of the Twenty Six Thousand Washingtonians who when the United States Entered the World War Answered the Call to Arms and Served In the Army Navy Marine Corps and Coast Guard."

The second inscription reads: "The Names of the Men and Women from the District of Columbia who gave their Lives in the World War are here Inscribed as a perpetual Record of Their Patriotic Service to Their Country--Those Who Fell and Those Who Survived Have Given to This and to Future Generations and Example of High Idealism Courageous Sacrifice and Gallant Achievement."

These inspiring words are at odds with every World War poet I've ever read. Nevertheless, the "Little Dome" honors them, and gave focus to Washingtonians still grieving the war and its losses.

They are considering expanding this local monument into a national monument. I hope they don't ruin its beautiful simplicity.

Lovely, yes?


Bob G. said...

THat's a wonderful find.
It probabl;y needs a good power-wash.
But it does make me think...we've all but forgotten those that served in WW1...will future generations be as guilty of forgetting those in WW2...or Korea...or Vietnam...or even the Middle East?

Let's hope that never happens

Have a great 4th of July.

fatfrfed said...

When I saw it I thought of a greek temple partially hidden in a grove.

Ann T. said...

Dear Bob,
It felt just like that--a wonderful find.
I also recently have wondered about memories, and memorials, for the wars we have now. We indeed cannot forget.

A Happy Weekend to You! Thanks for stopping by!
Ann T.

Ann T. said...

Dear FF,
Isn't that exactly right! A Temple in a Grove!

Thanks for a perfect description.
And thanks for stopping in. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Ann T.

The Observer said...

Ann T:
What a nifty find! Just a quiet place to contemplate what can be lost in the fight to gain freedom and stay free. I'm glad it's as clean as it is, not defaced at all.

As to a national WWI memorial, we in KC are a little sensitive to that. We feel, as I believe many do, that there is a national WWI memorial--it's just not in Washington DC--it's right here in KCMO. Here's the Wiki link: You can also google Liberty Memorial and get the official website for the National WWI museum, and other stuff. So, no, DC doesn't need to expand this quiet yet effective memorial...

Just MHO.
The Observer

Ann T. said...

Dear The Observer,
What happened to my comment! I don't think they're going through. Maybe I am doing something wrong.

But anyway, yesterday I took a look at the site of the nation's WWI Memorial as you advised. I would love to see it.

And yes, why screw with what's already well-done, in KCMO or in DC?

Quiet yet effective--I like that.

Happy Fourth of July,
Ann T.