WASHINGTON, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Battle Monuments
Commission today announced its appreciation to Walter Cronkite, one of
America's most distinguished journalists, for his participation in the
fundraising effort to build the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in
"We are very pleased that Mr. Cronkite has demonstrated his support for
the World War II Memorial," said Maj. Gen. John Herrling USA (Ret),
secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). "More than 50
years after the end of the war, America is building a National Memorial to
honor the courage and sacrifices of a generation of Americans who won the
war that forever changed the course of human history."
Cronkite's extensive reporting of World War II spanned from covering the
Allied troops' invasion of North Africa in 1942 and participating as one
of the first newsmen in B-17 raids over Germany to covering the German
In a letter to Americans across the country, Cronkite wrote, "This is a
cause that should be important to every American. Commemorating a remarkable
generation of Americans and remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice
to guarantee our freedom is essential to assuring the future of our
Private donations from individuals, foundations, corporations, veterans
and civic organizations will fund the construction and maintenance of the
memorial. The World War II Memorial will be constructed on a 7.4-acre site at
the east end of the Reflecting Pool between the Lincoln Memorial and the
Washington Monument on the National Mall. On Veterans Day of 1995 President
Clinton dedicated the memorial site in a formal ceremony during which the soil
from 14 overseas World War II cemeteries was sprinkled over the site.
The winning design of architect Friedrich St.Florian was selected among
403 entries through an open, national competition and was unveiled in a White
House ceremony in January.
The ABMC is a federal agency responsible for the public and private
efforts to construct the proposed World War II Memorial. It provides
administration, care and maintenance for 24 U.S. military cemeteries outside
the U.S. and 27 monuments in the U.S. and overseas.
For more information about the memorial, contact:
American Battle Monuments Commission Arlington Court House Plaza II
2300 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22202
or call: 800-639-4WW2
SOURCE American Battle Monuments Commission