"World War I through Vietnam actually sit in a pool of water, a body of water which represents the Mississippi River, and you can't touch them or get to them. They're in the past. All other wars and future wars are represented across the way by a monument that you can actually walk up to and touch and feel because of the representation of not only past and present, but future wars. War is a changing, evolving thing. The memorial symbolizes that every evening as the sun goes down. The largest use of translucent concrete blocks in the USA brings the monument to life as the structure is lighted from within as well a s by surrounding flood lights. The veterans were the true inspiration behind this monument and all the credit should go to the veterans"