The Disabled Veterans for life Memorial was unveiled today in
, at a prominent intersection near the
grounds of the United States Capitol to honor all living and deceased American
veterans who were permanently disabled. The
focal point of the memorial is a star-shaped fountain. The granite monument is lined with trees and
features glass panels with inscriptions and artwork, as well as bronze
sculptures. A ceremonial gas flame sits
strikingly in one of the pools of water.
The privately-funded memorial had been approved by Congress and signed into law by the President in 2000, after a two-year effort by its proponents, who had formed the Disabled Veterans’ Life Memorial Foundation. Its location and design were approved by all the relevant federal agencies. The only public funding for the memorial was received via a surcharge from the sale of coins commemorating disabled veterans struck by the Mint in 2010, after having been approved by Congress and signed into law by the President in 2008. After its dedication today, the memorial was turned over to the National Parks Service.
May the memorial remind all Americans of the sacrifices made by veterans for the liberty every American enjoys.