|The Peace Monument (photo by the author). Click on any of the photos in the article to enlarge them.|
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
"Why is peace such an untellable tale?" wonders one of the patrons in a Berlin library as he is observed by a kindly angel in Wim Wenders' classic film, Wings of Desire (1987). Just as peace is hard to write about, so it seems to be hard to erect a memorial to. We have countless monuments to wars and their heroes, but relatively few to celebrate peace. Even our Peace Monument, erected in 1877 at the foot of Capitol Hill where Pennsylvania Avenue ends, is really more about war than peace, and like the city's many war memorials, people have bickered over it at least as much as they've celebrated its theme of tranquility.
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