The Day The Great Memorials Died

“For a long time their architects and artists, their stone-carvers and bronze-founders got better and better. For a long time their elevated style got nobler and nobler. Then, suddenly, it died. It died a poignant death — at the peak of its accomplishment, just when it got great. We know the date exactly. Memorial sculpture’s greatness left Washington forever on the 30th of May, Memorial Day, 1922.”