In rebuttal to the recent News editorial opposing the location of the World War II Memorial, here are some favorable facts the editors need to know:
The design preserves the National Mall's open vistas. The view from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument is unimpeded.
Two-thirds of the memorial site will be landscaping and water, beautifully complementing the park-like setting.
The design preserves the open flow of visitors along the Mall. The Reflecting Pool and paths on either side are not affected.
The Mall will easily accommodate large public gatherings when the memorial is completed. Historic civil rights events cited by opponents occurred at the Lincoln Memorial, more than a quarter-mile from the World War II Memorial site.
The design is timeless and complements the classic style of Washington architecture, as seen in the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, the White House and the Capitol.
LAWRENCE R. WUJCIKOWSKI