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American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial – Washington DC

A New Memorial Honoring Disabled Veterans in the Nation's Capital

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American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial – Washington DC
© Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation, Inc.
The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial will serve as a national public tribute to the over three million living disabled American veterans and the countless hundreds of thousands who have died. The Memorial will be built on a 2.4-acre triangular site across from the U.S. Botanic Garden and within sight of the U.S. Capitol, so members of Congress can be continually reminded of the human cost of war and the need to support America’s veterans.

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial will convey an interplay of strength and vulnerability, loss and renewal with a star-shaped reflecting pool serving as the focal point. Three walls of laminated glass with text and images and four bronze sculptures will tell the story of the disabled veteran's call to service, trauma, challenge of healing, and discovery of purpose. The Memorial design was conceived by Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, Ltd., and received final approvals from the Commission of Fine Arts in 2009 and the National Capital Planning Commission in 2010.

Construction of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held for the Memorial on November 10, 2010 and included the participation of award-winning actor Gary Sinise, the Memorial's spokesperson, and Lois Pope and Arthur H. Wilson, co-founders of the Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation. Private contributions will fund the construction of the Memorial. The total projected cost is $86 million. The expected completion date is late 2014.

Location
Washington Ave. and Second St. SW
Washington DC

Website
www.avdlm.org

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