Washington, D.C. has a new memorial. On Sunday, October 5, the new American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial was dedicated with a ceremony that included a speech from President Obama.
There are more than 4 million disabled veterans in the U.S. The intention of the memorial is to honor the men and women who have served and sacrificed for the country and have been “broken in body, but not in spirit.”
Sixteen years in the making, the memorial was made possible by the efforts of philanthropist and Broadway singer, Lois Pope. President Clinton authorized the memorial in 2000, and a 2.4 acre site was selected adjacent to the National Botanical Gardens and the Rayburn House Office Building. After an open competition, a design featuring a star fountain with a ceremonial flame as a focal point was selected.
The beautiful new memorial conveys the strength, yet vulnerability of those in the military, and serves as a place for the American people to honor both the living and the deceased for their service and sacrifice.