Franklin County Kansas is flat as an iron and apart from the grain elevator, the red brick courthouse is the tallest building in the county seat of Ottawa.
It has all the proper patriotic symbols–the scales of justice statue, the Kansas and American flags.
Like many other courthouses it has carved in stone the names of all “the boys” who died in the wars of America. It has a section for World War I, a bigger section for W.W.II, Korea, Vietnam, and now two names under “Iraq.”
Hard to not ponder as you stand there looking at the monument: Did the guys in W.W.I die in vain since we keep having wars?
We like the paraphrase version of General George Patton’s quote “Don’t die for your country. Let the other sonofabitch die for your country.” In Ottawa, Kansas the Iraq War is two names on a monument –with not much room for more entries…hopefully.
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