This article about the proposed national WW1 memorial recently appeared in the July 25th issue of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ publication The Dirt.

The article raises two important points:

First, is it the goal of the project to build a national WW1 memorial in DC or is it to renovate a poorly maintained, under-used urban park that has been designated a national landmark?

Second, some are saying that DC doesn’t need a new WW1 memorial.

You can read the article here.

James (“Jim”) Patton BS BA MPA is a retired state official from Shawnee, Kansas and a frequent contributor to several WW1 e-publications, including "Roads to the Great War," "St. Mihiel Tripwire," "Over the Top" and "Medicine in the First World War." He has spent many hours walking the WW1 battlefields, and is also an authority on British regiments and a collector of their badges. An Army Engineer during the Vietnam War, he does work for the US World War 1 Centennial Commission and has memberships in the WW1 Historical Association, the Western Front Association, the Indian Military Historical Society and the Salonika Campaign Society.