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McDONNELL DOUGLAS HELPS DEDICATE VETERANS MEMORIAL

 McDONNELL DOUGLAS HELPS DEDICATE VETERANS MEMORIAL
 LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- A unique Veterans


Memorial was dedicated today in Long Beach as McDonnell Douglas and the United Aerospace Workers honored their men and women who have fought and died for the United States.
 A cooperative effort of Local 148 of the United Aerospace Workers Union (UAW) and McDonnell Douglas and its employees, the Veterans Memorial is the first privately funded structure of its type. The dedication of the $500,000 memorial is the culmination of a four-year effort spearheaded by John Heaton, a Douglas Aircraft Co. employee and UAW member.
 Heaton, the UAW project chairman, called the memorial, "a dream come true," born out of a determination "that we should not forget the men and women who were called to active duty during World War II, Korea and the Vietnam War." Heaton served as an Air Force tail- gunner on a B-29 during the Korean conflict.
 The Veterans Memorial, designed by Air Force Sgt. and former Douglas employee Kathy Synovec, is comprised of four massive, curved granite blocks set in a 24-foot-diameter circle, connected by walkways with a fountain positioned in the center. The imposing black panels feature carved depictions of campaigns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam, in addition to acknowledging Grenada, Panama and operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Representations of the Purple Heart and the various armed forces insignia also are included.
 The ceremony, held under bright, sunny skies at Douglas Center near the Long Beach Airport, featured U.S. Navy and Coast Guard color guards, the First Marine Division band from Camp Pendleton and speakers from the Air Force, Coast Guard and Army.
 Between twin flagpoles holding the American stars and stripes and the P.O.W./M.I.A. flag, master of ceremonies Tom Henessey suggested that the monument may cause many veterans to "once again feel the ground shake and hear the rattle of rifle and machine gun fire" or "the cry of the wounded."
 Bob Hood, president of Douglas Aircraft Co., praised "the enduring spirit of the men and women who fought in these wars." He noted that, during World War II alone, their friends and co-workers back home in Long Beach produced nearly 10,000 aircraft for use in America's defense.
 Speaking on behalf of the armed forces were U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John E. Jackson Jr., commanding general of the 15th Air Force; Coast Guard Captain Donnie Polk, chief of the 11th District Operations Division; and retired Sgt. Major of the Army William O. Woolridge.
 Construction on the one-of-a-kind memorial was begun by DCI General Contractors on March 18, 1992. The granite is the same as was used in the Vietnam War memorial in Washington, D.C., quarried in India by M.S. International. Fong and Associates supplied the architectural design.
 Contributors to the Veteran's Memorial include UAW Local 148, the McDonnell Douglas Foundation, the McDonnell Douglas Employees Community Fund, the McDonnell Douglas Realty Co., UAW Region 6, Bob and Dolores Hope, International Association of Machinists Local 720, Kaiser Aluminum, Leach Corp. and DCI General Contractors, in addition to the hundreds of individual donors
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 /CONTACT: Bob Saling of Douglas Aircraft, 310-593-6149/ CO: McDonnell Douglas, United Aerospace Workers Union ST: California IN: ARO SU:


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