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Societies want to provide educational morals and role model for everyone. One way to do that is with a memorial. Memorials can then depict the past, but is it possible to represent the past with truth? Thus, what intent do memorials have? Do they try to accurately depict the past and heroes of people who died in such a tragic events?
In the "Empire Of Innocence" by Patricia Nelson Limerick, she tries to give different angles and views, in order to more accurately show the past. John Edgar Wideman, an African-American born in Pittsburgh to a working-class family writes an essay, "Our Time" in which Wideman clarifies his propose; to find the truths of his family's past.
While many people try to show the past, a memorial only shows the partial truth. In society, a memorial respects those from the past and also respects cultural pride.
The New England Holocaust Memorial is a six towered columns, which each tower prints the names of one million concentration camp victims, symbolizing six million Jews that died during the Holocaust. What was the intent? Is memorial representing the souls of who died and a consequence of a revenge. For example Robby anger of Garths death made be a different person, as Wideman states "My mother had the capacity. As she related the story to Garth's death and my brother's anger and remorse. No slack, no margin of doubt was being granted to the forces that destroyed Garth and still perused her son." (716). This shows that after Garth death Robby was a entirely different person, thus this also happens to the Jews views and racial anger by building a Holocaust for revenge. Do memorials reflect the true meaning of the happening event? Not really, but they generally transmit the fundamental meaning. . The memorial illustrates the sense of peace in their souls and dignity for what their beliefs stand for. The Holocaust Memorial explains that the Jews were sacrificed to death due to their beliefs. For example, this citation " The Nazis intended the destruction of Jewish life to be total and permanent. Jews were to have been removed from history and memory. In this memorial, we create a marker for the six million - a place to grieve for the victims and the destruction of their culture - a place to give them an everlasting name." (Holocaust Memorial, Boston). It is an outstanding memorial that gives a message of dignity and pride for who you are. On the other hand, a memorial still in discussion, the September 11th tragedy, was firstly understood of three different racial fireman figures, holding up a flag would represent the tragedy. Does it resemble the truth of the happening of the past? Is it morally correct in only s
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