The Phoenix would be restored as a peace monument, a tangible piece of Cold War history. It’s hard to be a visible, tangible monument when you’re underwater.
Ted Lollis knows all about peace monuments and has a list of them on his two websites. A monument, he says, is physical, permanent, and symbolic. Most of them are preserved in situ or in a museum. The Golden Rule is a monument that “moves around.” The Smithsonian was interested in her but Veterans For Peace, who restored and own her, did not want just to put her on view but to sail her for peace again, both as protests and for educational purposes. She has been doing exactly that up and down the coast of California since her re-launch in June, 2015.
We hope the Phoenix too will be a “monument that moves around,” sailing again for a green, peaceful, anti-nuclear world.