another kind of memorial
The armoured cruiser Waldeck-Rousseau fought submarines and airplanes during WWI, remained in the service of the French Navy until it was decommissioned in 1932 and sent to Indochina. During WWII it was used as a decoy in the Solomon Islands, and sank in 1943 in the Battle of Kolombangara.
Jean Chretien once said that a politician's career always ends in defeat; fighting ships go on and on, in war after war, engagement after engagement, and then they sink.
We are a long way from Jean Jacques Rousseau on Monday.