I have been deeply moved by the World War I war memorials in small towns throughout France. Here in the US, small towns in the North and South have similar memorials to the Union dead and the Confederate dead, respectively.
This is a pair of sketches of war memorials from a trip I took to Burgundy 3 or 4 years ago. There are many fewer World War II memorials. The pride of place in each town had already been given to those lost in that other 'great' war.
In the smallish southern college town where I live, there's a memorial to the Confederate dead. As I sat on the grass drawing, I felt self-conscious in a way I don't normally while sketching in public. I didn't want passers-by to think that what I was doing was in some way an attempt to glorify the Confederate cause. Nothing, you must know, could be less true.