Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend

WWI Memorial in Washington opens


WASHINGTON — The new World War I Memorial in Washington will open to the public Saturday, and its launch was marked by a ceremony and flag-raising in honor of the 4.7 million veterans who served in what’s known as America’s Great War.

In remarks during the virtual ceremony, President Joe Biden paid tribute to the 4.7 million who served in the war, and the 116,516 Americans who lost their lives in it.

“Let us remember all that was sacrificed, all that was sanctified by the proud brave Americans who served in World War 1,” said Biden in taped remarks. “More than 100 years have passed, but the legacy and courage of those Doughboys sailing off to war and the values they fought to defend still live in our nation today.”

In December 2014, President Barack Obama signed legislatio­n authorizin­g the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission to establish the memorial. And it redesignat­ed Pershing Park, an existing memorial to General John J. Pershing, commander of American forces in World War I, as the national World War I Memorial

World War I is the last of the nation’s four major 20th century wars to be commemorat­ed with a memorial in Washington.

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