I think you will find a war memorial in every capital city in the world. I’ve lost count how many memorials I’ve visited, but I always think it is time well-spent. Whether you are searching for meaning, perspective or simply to understand, the need to honor our dead and the way we do so is a telling commentary on both our values and humanity.
I had an opportunity to visit the Shahidlar Xotirasi Memorial in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It literally means “memory of the victims of repressions” and it was built to honor the 13,000 Uzbek citizens who were shot on orders from Stalin. On the inside, it bears the inscription: “The memory of those who died for their country will live forever.”