American Battle Monuments Commission Thanks Walter Cronkite for His Support of the World War II Memorial Fundraising Effort
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 Washington, D.C. "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 surrender. 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 democracy." 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
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