National Monument Honors WW II’s Fading Veterans
By Jug Varner
Almost six decades have passed since World War II - the greatest conflict civilization has ever known - came to an end with the signing of those historical documents aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japan. In addition to other such military sites across the nation, that great ship is now a floating memorial at the U.S. Naval Base, Pearl Harbor, a short distance from the shrine of the battleship USS Arizona, sunk there during the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack that brought the United States into the war.
During that span of time, monuments to Korean War veterans, Vietnam War veterans, Iwo Jima veterans, Women Veterans, and other types of military remembrance flourished in Washington. DC, and in cities across the nation as well.
Finally, after an eleven year fund raising effort and four years of construction - and at a time when WWII veterans are passing at such a high rate as to soon become an extinct species - a long-overdue World War II memorial to the so-called “greatest generation” will culminate in our nation’s capitol on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 29, 2004.
Plans for the official four day dedication celebration include:
* WWII-themed reunion exhibition on the National Mall, staged in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage;
* Service of celebration at the Washington National Cathedral; and
* Entertainment salute to WWII veterans from military performing units.
Plans also include related activities in cultural venues throughout the city.
Get complete information on this special military event by clicking on http://www.wwiimemorial.com/