Tampa Veterans Attorney David Magann Remarks On New Disabled Vets Memorial
Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2013 – A new war memorial is slated to open in late 2014 in Washington, DC.
“The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial will be a unique marker, one that is designed to mark the sacrifices of the country’s wounded warriors,” said Tampa veterans lawyer David W. Magann.
President Obama spoke to 3,000 vets at the 2013 Disabled American Veterans National Convention in Washington, DC. He stated that their “profound sacrifice” would be noted during the dedication of the memorial next October.
The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial cost more than $80 million, with 48 thick glass panels. The panels will each be inscribed with a quotation about wounded service people and images from archival photos. Bronze sculptures of wounded veterans returning home will be visible behind the glass.
The memorial is designed to sit across from the U.S. Botanical Garden, in a star-shaped foundation noting each service branch, within a 2.5-acre site with strolling grounds. A reflecting pool will be placed to reflect the U.S. Capitol, which is nearby.
At least 22 different sites were proposed by the National Park Service and examined for location, accessibility and design opportunities. The C Street location was chosen primarily due to the area’s proximity to the U.S. Capitol, according to the chief executive officer for the project, Rick Fenstermacher. Fenstermacher stated that they wanted members of Congress to be able to see the memorial, which would remind them that war “cost” more than just ammunition.
Though many people assume that the memorial will have the names of all honored vets inscribed, like the Vietnam Memorial, there is not enough room for that level of detail. “More than 3 million U.S. troops have returned to the U.S. after being wounded in battle,” Magann said.
The foundation for the memorial was launched back in 1998, by Florida philanthropist Lois Pope. Pope had performed as a singer for wounded Vietnam vets and had long wanted to honor them. The project has been funded entirely by more than 1 million donors via corporate and individual contributions, and more than $5 million directly from Pope. Congress provided the memorial space.
David W. Magann, P.A.
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