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A Bridge to the Past: The D.C. War Memorial

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The last living WWI veteran, Frank Buckles, visited the D.C. War Memorial a few years before his death in February 2011. His dream was to have the memorial re-dedicated as a national WWI monument.
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The last living WWI veteran, Frank Buckles, visited the D.C. War Memorial a few years before his death in February 2011. His dream was to have the memorial re-dedicated as a national WWI monument.

Eighty years ago, in a grove of trees on the National Mall, the D.C. War Memorial was dedicated to the 499 District residents who died in World War I. After years of neglect, a local group hopes Congress will re-dedicate the structure as a national memorial, since no national WWI memorial exists on the National Mall. Stimulus dollars are restoring and re-landscaping the memorial right now, and it's scheduled to open to the public next month. Rebecca Sheir pays a visit with Edwin Fountain, director of the World War I Memorial Foundation, to learn more.

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