Thursday, April 23, 2009

DC War Memorial Restoration Effort Receives Funding

According to an article in today's Washington Post, the DC War Memorial on the National Mall, just off Independence Avenue, will receive $7.3 million for its restoration. This memorial was dedicated in 1931 to honor District residents that fought in World War I. However, the memorial and neighboring reflecting pool have fallen into disrepair. By September 2010, the memorial will be restored as a band shell and the reflecting pool will be beautified. In addition, the seawall around the Jefferson Memorial will get repaired and the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial will be fixed. The funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was passed by Congress earlier this year. These repairs are just the beginning of improvements that will come to the National Mall. According to the Trust for the National Mall, there are over $350 million in deferred maintenance and the Trust is in the process of raising money to make these repairs.

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