War and Remembrance

An upcoming Smithsonian Institution exhibition of Hiroshima angers some American veterans

War is hell, and its commemoration, while less lethal, can be just as bedeviling. For the past eight years, technicians at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum have been meticulously restoring the Enola Gay, the B-29 that in 1945 dropped the first atom bomb, destroying Hiroshima and leading to the end of World War II. An exhibit centered on the front section of the plane's fuselage is scheduled for next year's 50th anniversary of the bombing. But Air Force veterans have seen the 559-page proposal for the show. And they are feeling nuked.

The display, say the vets, is...

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