Saturday, October 4, 2014

New National Memorial Honors 4 Million Disabled Veterans

Commentary: New national memorial to honor disabled veterans
Palm Beach Post
Lois B. Pope
October 3, 2014
This month, for the first time, America will have a place to pay tribute to some of our most courageous heroes — our disabled veterans. I encourage my neighbors here in South Florida, veterans from around the country and all those who wish to honor them, to come to the dedication ceremony on Sunday. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Every year, more than 25 million people from around the world visit the National Mall in Washington.

The Mall is lined with important memorials, each honoring some of America’s greatest heroes. And yet, none of these monuments recognizes the millions of disabled American veterans who have selflessly fought for freedom throughout our nation’s history.

This will soon change. On Sunday, the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial (AVDLM), the first national memorial honoring disabled veterans, will be dedicated. It opens to the public the following day. Within sight of the U.S. Capitol, this new national landmark will serve as a constant reminder of the cost of human conflict.

My own connection to the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial is deeply personal. As a young singer, I entertained our military coming home from battle. I was so touched by the young men and women whose lives would never be same, I knew helping disabled veterans was something that would always be a priority in my life.

In 1998, Disabled American Veterans National Adjutant Arthur H. Wilson, the late Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jesse Brown and I joined forces to create the Disabled Veterans Life Memorial Foundation. My fondest wish was to honor the 4 million living disabled veterans, as well as those who are no longer with us, who have sacrificed so much for our country.
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American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

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