The day before Veterans Day, ground was broken on a memorial to honor a specific category of American Veterans: those who were injured and permanently disabled as a result of war.
Of the many numerous memorials that honor American Veteran in Washington, this is the first for over three million disabled Veterans in the United States. The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial sits in the shadow of the US Capital as a tribute to those men and women who served our nation in times of war and were disabled because of it.
Organizers hope that the memorial will become a place of healing for these Veterans. “We cannot give them back their real arms and legs. We cannot give them back their eyes, their ears, pieces of themselves that have been lost, the minds that have been altered, but we can give them and we must give them a respect and everlasting appreciation,” said actor Gary Sinise, the spokesman for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial.
The memorial is expected to be finished on November 11th, 2012, an appropriate day that honors all American Veterans and marks the end of the First World War.
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