-- In The News --
Published: 08 October 2014
The only national memorial honoring permanently disabled veterans was dedicated Sunday in Washington, D.C., just 1,000 feet from the Capitol. President Barack Obama spoke at the event. The memorial opened to the public Monday.
The memorial covers 2.4 acres and is anchored by a star-shaped fountain at the center of a space designed for quiet reflection. The memorial includes a small grove of trees and walls of glass embedded with text and photographs. Four bronze sculptures represent the disabled veteran's journey from injury to renewal.
It was authorized by Congress in 2000 and the winning design by Vergason Landscape Architects of Alexandria, Va., was approved in 2009 and 2010 by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission.
More than $80 million was raised by the Disabled Veterans' Life Memorial Foundation to build the memorial, which is dedicated to all living and dead disabled veterans.
More than 3,000 people attended the ceremony, including many disabled veterans, who were recognized by Obama.
"If you want to see the character of our country, a country that never quits, look at these men and women," he said.