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.
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SOURCE American Battle Monuments Commission