Nearly 59 years after the end of World War II, the National World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 29, 2004.

The Memorial is the first national memorial dedicated to all who served during World War II and honors all military veterans of the war, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the high moral purpose and idealism that motivated the nation's call to arms. The Second World War is the only 20th century event commemorated on the Mallís central axis.

The Memorial Day weekend celebration culminated an 11-year effort to honor Americaís World War II generation.  The official dedication celebration spanned four days.

DESA member Al Gregg, USS JACCARD DE 355, visited the Memorial a few days before the dedication.  He provides us with these great photos.  Well Done, Al.

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Click here to visit the WWII Memorial web site.

While on the WWII Memorial web site, be sure to see the World War II Registry. Here you can search the database for other WWII veterans who have submitted their name, as well as add your own name and contact information.  Also, you may add the name of a family member or friend.

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