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美國國家公共電臺 NPR--Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation aims for a monument on the National Mall

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Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation aims for a monument on the National Mall


NPR's A Martinez speaks with Michael "Rod" Rodriguez, president and CEO of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation, about plans for a national monument, and how he is marking Memorial Day.


The National Mall in Washington, D.C., features memorials for World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, but no memorial commemorating2 the longest and most recent U.S. war. Michael "Rod" Rodriguez wants to change that. He's the president and CEO of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation. He is also a combat veteran. Michael, thanks for joining us on this Memorial Day.

MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ: No, thank you for providing me the opportunity to chat with you guys on this sacred day.

MART?NEZ: So, OK, the war on terror began after September 11, the attacks on September 11, and didn't end until the U.S. pulled out of Afghanistan in 2021. Why do you think it's important to build a memorial for this war?

RODRIGUEZ: Well, I think it's important that we all share a duty within this nation to honor the brave men and women that are willing to step forward and serve and protect the sanctities of liberty that we all enjoy every single day. So, you know, to not honor the two generations that have fought in the current war, because we still have men and women deployed3 across the globe performing duties in different theaters, you know, it's just a duty we need to fulfill4.

MART?NEZ: Why do you think it hasn't happened?

RODRIGUEZ: Well, I mean, if you really think about it, it's - we started this in 2015. The foundation came together in 2015. And it's a very long and arduous5 process, as it should be. This is our nation's front lawn - you know, the National Mall. So we've been at this for about eight years now, and we're really excited to be getting close to the finish line now.

MART?NEZ: Do you think it's because people maybe didn't have a sense of it, like, just ending, or just not having a sense of when it would end?

RODRIGUEZ: Well, in - so I'll go into the framework. There was a law that exists that states a war has to be over for a period of 10 years before a national war memorial can be built. And you know, that was something that we, the foundation, came together, recognized, and we passed our first piece of legislation in 2017 seeking the exemption6 from that law. And so there's a few different obstacles that we have faced. But, you know, we're focused on completing it here pretty soon.

MART?NEZ: Michael, what's your vision for the memorial? What would it look like?

RODRIGUEZ: Well, we - it's - we are in the 24-step process to build a national war memorial. We have - now that we've secured our location, which is just north of the Lincoln, off of Constitution Drive - we finally got our spot - we can now move into the design phase. So we are really excited to be, you know, announcing the designer here pretty soon. So my vision is just that, you know, the design team that we pick honors the - makes it the most inclusive, reverent7 and, you know, welcoming memorial that we could possibly imagine.

MART?NEZ: Can you give us a hint of what it might look like, what it might have?

RODRIGUEZ: You know, I can't. I really - we haven't even really got into that quite yet.

MART?NEZ: (Laughter) OK.

RODRIGUEZ: You know, we want to provide the artist, which is the designer, the opportunity - we give them the guidance, provide input8 from all of our stakeholders - Gold Star family members, veterans and the like. So we - as an artist myself, I'm kind of staying out of it.

MART?NEZ: Yeah (laughter).

RODRIGUEZ: So I just want to be sure that we provide the artist the opportunity and the - most importantly, the inspiration to capture, you know, our mission.

MART?NEZ: How about this, Michael, then? As an artist yourself and as a veteran, what's the one thing you'd like to see in it somehow, if you could have a choice?

RODRIGUEZ: Water - I would love an element of water. And that's something that we've talked with a lot of our stakeholders - veterans, Gold Star family members, those that have served and their families - and a lot of people feel water. And as humans, we have an affinity9 for water. Water brings us together. It unites us. It provides that healing aspect, which is, you know, really, really important. So I can say that. I would love to see some water.

MART?NEZ: You served during the war on terror. You lost comrades, friends. What would it mean to you to be able to one day be able to visit this memorial?

RODRIGUEZ: That's going to be hard to capture into words. You know, I really think it would provide an opportunity for those of us that have served, those of us that have lost loved ones, to reflect. You know, none of us have ever joined the military for any accolades10 or anything like that, but just to provide us an opportunity to come together and reflect. And that would be...

MART?NEZ: And one last thing, Michael...

RODRIGUEZ: ...Really, really important.

MART?NEZ: One last thing - how are you spending this Memorial Day?

RODRIGUEZ: Well, I was - I'm actually in Washington, D.C., so I was blessed to - I'll be having breakfast with the president, first lady and other guests this morning. I was fortunate to be invited to go there. And then today, we'll be playing taps at 5 p.m. at the location.

MART?NEZ: That's Michael "Rod" Rodriguez, a combat veteran, president and CEO of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation. Thanks a lot for joining us.

RODRIGUEZ: Thank you very much. Hope everyone has a blessed day.


1 transcript JgpzUp     
  • A transcript of the tapes was presented as evidence in court.一份錄音帶的文字本作為證據被呈交法庭。
  • They wouldn't let me have a transcript of the interview.他們拒絕給我一份采訪的文字整理稿。
2 commemorating c2126128e74c5800f2f2295f86f3989d     
v.紀念,慶祝( commemorate的現在分詞 )
  • He was presented with a scroll commemorating his achievements. 他被授予一幅卷軸,以表彰其所做出的成就。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • The post office issued a series commemorating famous American entertainers. 郵局發行了一個紀念美國著名演藝人員的系列郵票。 來自互聯網
3 deployed 4ceaf19fb3d0a70e329fcd3777bb05ea     
(尤指軍事行動)使展開( deploy的過去式和過去分詞 ); 施展; 部署; 有效地利用
  • Tanks have been deployed all along the front line. 沿整個前線已部署了坦克。
  • The artillery was deployed to bear on the fort. 火炮是對著那個碉堡部署的。
4 fulfill Qhbxg     
  • If you make a promise you should fulfill it.如果你許諾了,你就要履行你的諾言。
  • This company should be able to fulfill our requirements.這家公司應該能夠滿足我們的要求。
5 arduous 5vxzd     
  • We must have patience in doing arduous work.我們做艱苦的工作要有耐性。
  • The task was more arduous than he had calculated.這項任務比他所估計的要艱巨得多。
6 exemption 3muxo     
  • You may be able to apply for exemption from local taxes.你可能符合資格申請免除地方稅。
  • These goods are subject to exemption from tax.這些貨物可以免稅。
7 reverent IWNxP     
  • He gave reverent attention to the teacher.他恭敬地聽老師講課。
  • She said the word artist with a gentle,understanding,reverent smile.她說作家一詞時面帶高雅,理解和虔誠的微笑。
8 input X6lxm     
  • I will forever be grateful for his considerable input.我將永遠感激他的大量投入。
  • All this information had to be input onto the computer.所有這些信息都必須輸入計算機。
9 affinity affinity     
  • I felt a great affinity with the people of the Highlands.我被蘇格蘭高地人民深深地吸引。
  • It's important that you share an affinity with your husband.和丈夫有共同的愛好是十分重要的。
10 accolades aa2b8bb076e81bf1e58ecf0d7d369c2b     
n.(連結幾行譜表的)連譜號( accolade的名詞復數 );嘉獎;(窗、門上方的)桃尖拱形線腳;冊封爵士的儀式(用劍面在肩上輕拍一下)
  • Unlike other accolades for literature which tend to value style or experimentation. 有別于其他偏重風格活實驗性的文學獎項。 來自互聯網
  • Build your trophy room while amassing awards and accolades. 建立您的獎杯積累獎項和榮譽。 來自互聯網
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