WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL WILL BE DEDICATED IN DC - Calhoun Has Connection To This Enormous Event, Register Family Members


The dedication of the World War II War Memorial in Washington DC is Saturday, May 29, 2004 -- Memorial Day Weekend.

The Hur Herald is planning on being a part of this enormous dedication event.

It is not to late to register soldiers for the national monument.

The memorial will honor the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S. during World War II, the more than 400,000 who died, and the millions who supported the war effort during the years of sacrifice.

Many Calhoun men and women gave to the war effort ...

Our small rural county, much like West Virginia, had more than an average number in military service, coming from what has been described as "The Greatest Generation." Several gave their lives.

The memorial will be a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people to the common defense of the nation and to peace and freedom from tyranny throughout the world.

Hopefully it will inspire future generations of Americans, deepening their appreciation of what the World War II generation accomplished in securing freedom and democracy.

It will also be a symbol of American national unity, a timeless reminder of the moral strength and awesome power that can flow when a free people are at once united and bonded together in a common cause.

The National Park Service, the Commission of Fine Arts, and the National Capital Planning Commission approved selection of the Rainbow Pool site at the east end of the Reflecting Pool between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument for the memorial. President Clinton dedicated the memorial site during a formal ceremony on Veterans Day 1995.

The memorial is funded primarily by private contributions. The fund-raising campaign was led by National Chairman Senator Bob Dole and National Co-Chairman Frederick W. Smith.

The memorial has received more than $193 million in cash and pledges, in addition to $16 million provided from the federal government. Construction began in September 2001.

You can still honor members of the World War II generation by enrolling them in the World War II Registry, a list of individual Americans who participated in the war effort. To search for currently enrolled honorees, or to enroll a family member or friend, click here World War II Memorial