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