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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

D.  ABOUT THE US PEACE MEMORIAL ITSELF

 

D.1  What is the rationale for building the US Peace Memorial?

 

Please take a few minutes to read a succinct rationale for the US Peace Memorial at It’s time to memorialize peace in our public spaces.”  This is a short essay that we hope you will share with your friends, family, and colleagues.

 

D.2  How can the US Peace Memorial change our culture?

 

Our nation has a long, but largely unrecognized, history of courageous Americans who have opposed U.S. aggression, violence, and war.  The US Peace Memorial will display antiwar quotations by American leaders, document U.S. antiwar role models and activities, and make it clear to our citizens that advocating for peaceful solutions to international problems and opposing war are honorable and socially acceptable activities in our democracy.  A national monument to peacemakers can raise awareness of these activities and help to change our cultural mindset so that it will no longer be acceptable to label those who speak out against war as un-American, antimilitary, traitorous, or unpatriotic.  The memorial and the US Peace Registry will help decrease the social barriers that citizens must overcome before they speak out against a war.  For a more detailed discussion read “Honoring Peace and Antiwar Behavior” which was published in Peace Psychology at www.uspeacememorial.org/Article2.htm.

 

D.3  Where will the Memorial be located?

 

Once sufficient resources are available, the Foundation will petition Congress to support setting aside public land on the Washington Mall for construction of the US Peace Memorial.  If efforts to secure a location on the Mall fail, other sites and private land will be considered.  A highly visible site in the nation’s capital is deemed to be most desirable.

 

D.4  What is the target date for construction to begin?

 

The target date to begin construction is arbitrarily set as July 4, 2026.  This is a very ambitious goal since progress is dependent on many factors including approvals, fund raising success, public support, etc.  If the Peace Memorial is to be built on the mall, the Foundation will need to secure approvals from the National Capital Planning Commission, the Commission of Fine Arts, and the National Capital Memorial Commission.  This process will not begin until sufficient funds are in hand.  The Foundation must raise millions of dollars to develop and build the monument and guarantee perpetual maintenance.  Our first step is to establish our financial stability before moving on to major fund raising.  We need to make the public aware of the project and to recruit over 600 additional Founding Members.

 

D.5  When will the Memorial be completed?

 

Realization of the physical memorial will depend on how quickly sufficient donations are received.  Until then, the memorial will exist at www.uspeacememorial.org/index.htm.

 

D.6  What will the Memorial look like?

 

The content of the national monument already exists online at: www.uspeacememorial.org/Quotes.htm, www.USPeacePrize.org, and www.uspeacememorial.org/Registry.htm.

 

Our Founding Members will be consulted about the physical design.  Two artists’ conceptions have been completed based on the preliminary description at www.uspeacememorial.org/Design.  Alice Yeager’s illustration is at www.uspeacememorial.org/Drawing1 and Beth Brookfield’s work is at www.uspeacememorial.org/Drawing2. 

 

These are early conceptions that may or may not resemble the final structure.  We encourage other artists to create their own vision, based on the preliminary description at www.uspeacememorial.org/Design, and send it to Knox@USPeaceMemorial.org.

 

No final decisions are likely until we have successfully completed our initial fundraising campaign – so there is still time to become a Founding Member and give us your opinion!

 

D.7  Why do we need this project? Aren’t there other peace memorials? 

 

Before beginning our project in 2005, we conducted an exhaustive online search for peace memorials and monuments.  The results were disappointing.  In many U.S. cities you will find "peace monuments" that are actually memorials to a war or to war dead.  One example is the Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial in Lake Erie.  Another is the Peace Monument on the grounds of the Capital that commemorates naval deaths during the Civil War.  Peace memorials in the U.S. tend to reinforce the concept: "you earn the peace by winning the war."

 

Although several other countries have peace memorials that could serve as a model for one here, none are focused on the U.S. peace movement.  The U.S. has some as well, but all are local, not national monuments.  These include the Peace Memorial Park, Portland, OR; Peace Garden at Fresno State University, CA; the Lyndale Park Peace Garden in Minneapolis, MN; the Peace Plaza in Salem, OR; Peace Garden in Harrisburg, PA; Prairie Peace Park in Lincoln, NE, and The Pacifist Memorial, Sherborn, MA.

 

Nothing exists in the U.S. that could be considered a national peace memorial.  There is only one US Peace Memorial Foundation and only one plan to build a national monument to recognize and honor those who have opposed U.S. war(s) and/or proposed peaceful alternatives to war.

 

Please consider joining us as a Founding Member. Founding Members are listed on our website, in our forthcoming book, and eventually at the national monument we plan to build in Washington DC.

 

Since 2005, the US Peace Memorial Foundation has directed a nationwide effort to recognize peace leadership by publishing the US Peace Registry, awarding an annual US Peace Prize, and planning for the US Peace Memorial in Washington, DC.  These educational projects help move the U.S. toward a culture of peace as we honor the millions of thoughtful and courageous Americans and U.S. organizations that have taken a public stand against one or more U.S. wars or who have devoted their time, energy, and other resources to finding peaceful solutions to international conflicts.  We celebrate these role models in hopes of inspiring other Americans to speak out against war and for peace.

 

D.8  The United States Institute of Peace headquarters near the Washington Mall will include a peace education center.  Doesn't that satisfy the mission of the US Peace Memorial?

 

The US Peace Memorial Foundation is an organization of private citizens who are dedicated to the proposition that peace can be supported by individuals who speak out in favor of diplomatic and peaceful alternatives to war and aggression.  Members are volunteers and funding is garnered through donations.  Foundation members are independent; they include tenured university faculty, scholars, and citizen activists who are free to publish research findings even if those findings appear to oppose the foreign policy of the United States.

 

In contrast, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), is a creation of the U.S. Government located on Navy property across from the Mall.  Funded by Congress, it acts as an instrument of the Executive Branch, and its directors are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the President.  During much of its history, USIP has been run by people closely associated with the military and the National Security Council.  The board includes the Secretaries of State and Defense, the president of the National Defense University.  USIP staff are civil servants who understand that – if they value their jobs – they must adhere to the prevailing party line regarding the need for U.S. invasions and wars.

 

As one might expect, USIP has never opposed a U.S. war or proposed peaceful alternatives to a U.S. invasion of a foreign country.  In fact, USIP staff work in countries we invade as part of its mission to "Promote post-conflict stability and democratic transformations.”  In general, USIP conducts research and implements programs to support the pacification policies of the administration.  In many ways this is a case of the fox guarding the hen house, providing no independent assessment of the concept of “peace” or the administration’s war activity.

 

I’m sure the Institute was founded with good intentions, but USIP has shown us what happens with good intentions are under the control of a government that views war as its highest priority.  The US Peace Memorial Foundation feels that it is time to acknowledge the actions of peace and antiwar activists in the United States.

 

The USIP facility does not recognize and honor the millions of U.S. citizens who have publicly urged the use of diplomacy and global cooperation to solve international problems and who have opposed U.S. military solutions including invasion, occupation, production of weapons of mass destruction, use of weapons, and/or threats of war.  The US Peace Memorial does just that.

 

 

US Peace Memorial Foundation, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity.

Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. 

 

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