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It has been said that patriotism is a religion of the soil. The land holds deep layers of meaning and powerful emotions. The site of the memorial is inscribed to an earlier time, to the beginning of the nation. Earth and stone, iconic to this place, form an enclosure, a community. Among the many that build this are those which deserve special recognition, luminous examples of the highest qualities. They broadcast outward to places far away. Some never return. At night they radiate light, vibrant with the spirit of those they represent, past, present, and future.