10th Anniversary Commemoration
National World War II Memorial 10th Anniversary Commemoration
Saturday, May 24, 2014 ~ 10:00 a.m.
World War II Memorial
It is hard to believe that it has been nearly 10 years since thousands of World War II veterans gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC for the dedication of the National World War II Memorial. Thanks to the support and commitment of many, the Memorial now stands as a lasting reminder of the nation’s enduring gratitude to our “Greatest Generation” who – through sacrifice, valor, dedication, and determination – preserved our freedom, saved this nation, and literally saved the world.
Since its dedication in 2004, more than 40 million people have visited the Memorial. Unfortunately, we continue to lose our World War II veterans at a significant rate of 600 a day. Of the more than 16 million Americans who served during World War II, just over one million are still with us today.
This May, hundreds of World War II veterans will once again gather at the Memorial to celebrate its 10th anniversary in what will be, most likely, the last large gathering of our World War II veterans at their Memorial. The National World War II Memorial 10th Anniversary Commemoration, like the Memorial itself, will honor those who served and pay tribute to the spirit of unity and shared purpose, which defined the character of our country during the war years.
The National World War II Memorial 10th Anniversary Commemoration is co-hosted by the Friends of the National World War II Memorial and the National Park Service.
The event is generously sponsored by DAV (Disabled American Veterans), Target, FedEx Corporation, and Pepco Holdings, Inc.
Support also was provided by the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation, Expeditors International of Washington, Inc., and Worthington Industries.