FedEx CEO Teams With Dole to Lead World War II Memorial Campaign

Aug 19, 1997, 01:00 ET from American Battle Monuments Commission

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Frederick W. Smith, chairman,
 president and chief executive officer of Federal Express Corp., has accepted
 the invitation of Senator Bob Dole to serve as National Co-Chairman of the
 capital campaign for the World War II Memorial to be built on the National
 Mall in Washington.
     Smith, a former Marine Corps officer who served two tours of duty in
 Vietnam, said, "It is a privilege to serve as National Co-Chairman."
     "It is an honor to have Fred Smith lead the corporate fund-raising effort
 and other facets of this important project," Dole, a decorated World War II
 veteran said.  "No doubt about it, the American business community will see
 his support as a call to action to make the World War II Memorial a reality."
     "This memorial will enable our generation to honor all Americans who
 served in World War II -- those who served in uniform, those who lost their
 lives and those who served on the home front," Smith said.
     "Their sacrifices preserved the unique freedoms we enjoy today," said
 Smith, "and set the stage for the unprecedented worldwide economic development
 that has benefited the peoples of the world."
     Private donations from individuals, foundations, corporations, veterans
 and civic organizations will fund construction of the memorial.  The American
 Battle Monuments Commission has a $100 million fund-raising goal.
     The World War II Memorial will be built at the east end of the Reflecting
 Pool between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.  The site,
 approved by the Commission of Fine Arts, the National Capital Planning
 Commission, the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior, was
 dedicated by President Clinton on Veterans Day 1995.
     The design, by Friedrich St. Florian, was selected through an open,
 national competition and was unveiled at a White House ceremony in January.
 In July, the Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning
 Commission recommended design changes which will be incorporated and
 resubmitted to the commissions later this year.
     The ABMC provides administration, care and maintenance for 24 military
 cemeteries outside the U.S. and 27 monuments.
               For more information about the memorial, contact:
                      American Battle Monuments Commission
                        Court House Plaza II, Suite 501
                              2300 Clarendon Blvd.
                              Arlington, VA 22201
                            or call: 1-800-639-4WW2

SOURCE American Battle Monuments Commission