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American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial Opens

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.

Image description: Yesterday, members of the National Park Service placed candles at the Wall of Names the Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania to commemorate the lives lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

From the Department of Interior:

On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, the U.S. came under attack when four commercial airliners were hijacked and used to strike targets on the ground. Nearly 3,000 people tragically lost their lives. Because of the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard one of the planes, Flight 93, the attack on the U.S. Capitol was thwarted. Today the National Park Service, its volunteers, and its partners work to honor their sacrifice and to try to understand more fully the legacy of Flight 93 and the other events of 9/11. Last night candle lanterns were placed at the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 Memorial in honor of these brave men and women.

Photos: Tami A. Heilemann

Image description: This aerial shot shows the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. Learn more about the memorial.
Photo by Diana Bowen, National Park Service.

Image description: This aerial shot shows the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. Learn more about the memorial.

Photo by Diana Bowen, National Park Service.

New Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Opens

Martin Luther King Jr. is carved out of stone as part of the new memorial.

Martin Luther King Jr. is carved out of stone as part of the new memorial.

A new memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC that honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is now open to the public.

The Memorial is made up of distinct and significant parts including the Stone of Hope, the Mountain of Despair, and a wall of quotes. 

This is the first memorial on the National Mall that is devoted to a person who is not a war hero or President.

Learn more about the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.