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Artists, Designers Begin Work on Disabled Veterans Memorial

November 14, 2013

The District of Columbia recently received a $6 million federal grant for needed roadwork that will make it possible to build the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C. Lois Pope, a longtime philanthropist and advocate for veterans, helped establish the Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial Foundation in 1998 and donated $5 million. Lois Pope’s involvement with military servicepeople with disabilities began more than four decades ago, when she performed in a benefit show for veterans.

The $6 million grant from the Public Lands Highway Discretionary Program will pay for improvements on the streets around the memorial site, which is in a highly visible location near the Capitol. With this second phase of the project fully funded, work can begin on installing and constructing the memorial. Artists around the United States already are creating components of the memorial, including a ceremonial flame and 48 laminated glass panels. Artist Larry Kirkland is working with a team to craft four bronze sculptures showing a veteran on crutches in silhouette.

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  1. A wonderful endeavor long overdue for commitment and sacrifice on our behalf.

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