A monument to a forgotten war’s soldiers awaits restoration on the National Mall.
By Donna Evers
The First World War left an indelible impression on all of those who experienced its horrors. Ernest Hemingway, one of many young writers who volunteered to drive ambulances on the battlefields, borrowed an expression coined by his friend, Gertrude Stein, to describe those who came of age during and shortly after the conflict as the “Lost Generation.” To those who witnessed the death and devastation, the war signaled the end of optimism about the future. At the same time, they marveled at the courage of the soldiers who gave their lives.