Sign that explains
The Price of Freedom
Freedom Wall holds 4,048 gold stars. Each gold star represents one hundred American service personnel who died or remain missing in the war. The 405,399 American dead and missing from WWII are second only to the loss of more than 620,000 Americans during our Civil War
All of the stars on display
Then after that, I mentioned I hadn't seen the MLK monument, so we went there too! I knew there was controversy and problems but I wasn't sure what it was. Well, this article sums up the problems with the quote:
The words, " I was a drum major for justice peace and righteousness" currently are displayed on the memorial.Those familiar with the February 1968 speech where that message was taken from argued that those were not the original words said by Dr. King.The exact words were "Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness."The more condensed version of that message was paraphrased for the memorial, but some say the way it currently reads changes the tone of the message.
The entrance to the memorial
One of the quotes in the marble around the statue
Statue from the side. You can't really see it, but the quote on the side you can see, was misquoted and there was a huge controversy around it.
Statue from the front