06 October 2014

American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial dedicated

A disabled veteran takes in the quotes and pictures on glass panels at the new American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which was dedicated in Washington D.C. on Oct. 5, 2014. The memorial includes a black granite reflecting pool and perpetual flame burning in the middle of a star-shaped fountain. Each of the star's points represents a branch of the military. Photo: C.J. LIN/STARS AND STRIPES.

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which honors disabled veterans both living and deceased from conflicts throughout the nation's history, was dedicated yesterday in Washington, DC.

The memorial was organized by philanthropist Lois Pope, former Veterans Affairs secretary Jesse Brown, and Art Wilson, who retired as CEO and national adjutant of the Disabled American Veterans organization in 2013. The group first started work on creating the memorial in the late 1990s and raised more than $80 million for its construction.

The monument features a star-shaped fountain and ceremonial flame surrounded by a grove of trees. It is located behind the U.S. Botanic Garden near the Rayburn House Office Building.

Read more at Stars and Stripes.

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