TO THE EDITOR: In 1987, World War II veteran Roger Durbin asked Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a Democrat from Ohio, if a World War II memorial could be built.
Kaptur introduced the World War II Memorial Act as HR 3742 on Dec. 10. The resolution authorized the American Battle Monuments Commission to establish a World War II memorial in “Washington, D.C., or its environs.”
It was not voted on before the end of the session and was not passed.
In 1989 and 1991, Kaptur introduced similar legislation, but these bills suffered the same fate and did not become law.
Kaptur reintroduced legislation in the House a fourth time as HR 682 on Jan. 27, 1993. On March 17, 1993, the Senate approved the act, and the House approved an amended version of the bill on May 4.
On May 12, the Senate also approved the amended bill, and the World War II Memorial Act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on May 25 of that year.
On Sept. 30, President Clinton appointed an advisory board to pick a site and raise funding to build the WW 2 Veterans Memorial.
A massive fundraising campaign raised $197 million, and $16 million was provided by the government.
Seven years later, ground was broken on September 2001.
The memorial opened three years later on April 29, 2004.
World War 2 officially ended on Sept. 2, 1945, the WW2 Veterans Memorial opened on April 29, 2004 — 59 years later.
Do you know how many WW2 veterans died during that time?
The number of WWII veterans who died before their memorial was built was 14,649,757.
Today, fewer than 1,462, 809 WWII veterans still living. They are dying at a rate of 670 per day.
TO THE EDITOR: With great joy, the Kent-Delord House Museum Board, staff and members report the success of our first-ever golf tournament, Old House Old Course Old Brewery Golf Tournament, held Aug. 1, 2013 at Bluff Point Golf Resort.