The purpose is to memorialize all the victims of war: servicemembers killed
and maimed, families, innocent bystanders, taxpayers who are extorted to
fund armaments at the expense of greater needs, the kidnapped of mercenaries
who emulate national warmakers.
Sanitized memorials are cruelly deceptive by institutionalizing, excusing
even celebrating, sacrifice, suffering and death without recourse to support
means to avoid pain, grief and desparation.
Those who give their lives, and those damaged but still alive, should not
be diminished by shallow commeration which mocks reality.
"Reality of collateral damage" is deeply offensive for it exculpts those
responsible among warmakers and gullible citizenry. Much of the orchestrated
memorialization does that as well by concealing the horrors of warfare.
I'm a vet who prefers to honor all victims with the truth of what was done
to them by liars, cowards and profiteers.