Statement from the American Battle Monuments Commission regarding the National Capital Planning Commission's June 13-14 Hearing on the National World War II Memorial
WASHINGTON, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from the American Battle Monuments Commission regarding the National Capital Planning Commission's June 13-14 hearing on the National World War II Memorial: We regret that the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) must re- evaluate its approvals of the National WWII Memorial. On five previous occasions, the NCPC approved the memorial site and design in open public meetings during which members of the public, expressing opinions pro and con, had the opportunity to be heard. Now, because of a technical glitch in its procedures, the Commission must revisit its approval of the memorial's final design. So be it. We are confident the commissioners will once again recognize the merits of the design and give its full approval. Over the past five years, the memorial site and design already have been the subject of 22 public hearings in compliance with the Commemorative Works Act. What's most unfortunate is that this further delays putting to rest the legal challenge to the memorial, as well as the start of construction. Thousands of WWII veterans will now be deprived of seeing the memorial completed. We will lose another 45,000 alone from this day forward until the technical issue is resolved on June 14. Last October, the Senate and House unanimously called for expeditious completion of the memorial. Eight years have passed since the memorial was authorized. The site and design have been approved; all the necessary funds have been raised; and a construction permit has been issued. We remain confident that we will prevail. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -- Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X66127878
SOURCE American Battle Monuments Commission
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