I just chaperoned a field trip to DC and saw a bunch of war monuments as well as Arlington Nat. Cemetery. The AF memorial was by far the worst. If you haven't seen it, the main element is three curved soaring metal structures that are visible from all along the Potomac. These are odd, but you can get the point. The most distasteful part of the monument, though, are the engraved black marble slabs that surround the monument. Most of the quotes have little to do with the sacrifices made by the airmen. Instead, we get to read jingoistic proclamations of the need for air power and defeating the enemy. And the sponsorship of the memorial by Lockheed-Martin and Boeing gets prominent position. Our Air Force must be extremely insecure to emphasize these sentiments. The contrast between the emotionally moving black marble of the Vietnam memorial and the belligerent marble of the Air Force memorial is striking and to the detriment of the USAF.