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The U.S. National World War II Memorial will be getting a series of technological upgrades.

The U.S. National World War II Memorial in Washington is adding new technology to help connect with younger visitors to the site as the memorial reaches its 10-year anniversary.

The new interactive kiosks have touch screens and feature content about women who served during the war, a group of African-American pilots called the Tuskegee Airmen, and more.

Michael Buie is with INADEV, the technology company that designed the addition and says as veterans from the war get older, it's essential to preserve their stories in a way that's accessible for younger generations.

"We really wanted to capture these stories now so they exist forever. And that these young kids, these next generations coming up will be able to experience something that's really compelling through people's own personal stories," Buie says.

Buie says this is just Phase 1 of the project. After Phase 2, he says the World War II memorial will be the first on the National Mall to have wireless Internet, which will support a mobile app designed to enhance the experience.

Buie says they're also working to create educational games for the new kiosks.

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