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New war, same results. (Reasons & Remarks).

The vicious September 11 attack on America has invoked a patriotic fervor paralleling the months following the attack on Pearl Harbor. If the unprecedented displays of red, white, and blue and unabashed proclamations of American pride are any indication, the reaction is even greater.

Never in the history of our great nation has an act of aggression affected so many ordinary citizens. This "new war," as the media refers to America's response to terrorism, will be fought here on the home front as well as on foreign soil. Unlike other wars where our brave men and women in the armed forces are sent into harm's way in the far reaches of the world, this war's front line is right here in our cities and towns. The first line of defense in harm's way: the local police, firefighters, and rescue squads.

No matter where the battle is waged--at home or abroad--or how long it takes to secure our freedom, protect our citizens, and rid the world of the evils of terrorism, one result will never change. There will be casualties. There will be war veterans.

Many will return unscathed; others will bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, jagged scars, or paralysis. Many will carry wounds inside them--a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg, or a soul shocked by battlefield horrors.

They will join the ordinary--and yet in some ways, extraordinary--human beings who have offered some of their most vital years in the service of their country. This supreme sacrifice is finally being remembered by a memorial honoring veterans with disabilities. The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) has approved a memorial site to honor America's disabled veterans.

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial will honor 2.3 million U.S. Armed Forces veterans who became disabled for life while defending American freedom. It will commemorate their sacrifices. NCPC approved the three-acre site across Washington Avenue, SW, from the U.S. Botanical Gardens.

Securing a site for any memorial is no easy chore, regardless of how just the cause. A project must be approved by the National Capital Memorial Commission and the Commission of Fine Arts; then NCPC makes the final decision.

There is always opposition to any memorial in our nation's capital, no matter what the purpose. But a memorial honoring those whose wounds and scars serve as daily reminders of the cost of war is certainly a just cause. America would not be the land of the free and the home of the brave if not for these veterans' sacrifices.

The memorial site is in full view of the Capitol Building, so this shrine will provide a reminder of war's true human cost. Adjacent to Capitol Hill, the site will remind legislators and citizens alike of the sacrifices veterans with disabilities paid for our freedom. This prime site will also give many people the opportunity to view the memorial and meditate on all it represents.

The Disabled Veterans Life Memorial Foundation (DVLMF) envisioned the project and is spearheading a fund-raising campaign. The memorial will be paid for with private contributions. Although no tax money will be used, all contributions are tax deductible.

The DVLMF is not-for-profit and organized in accordance with IRS section 501(c)(3).

The foundation's mission is to honor the millions of American veterans who became disabled for life while defending our freedom. It is to commemorate their sacrifice, their dedication--and ensures that disabled veterans are always remembered.

Contact: Disabled Veterans Life Memorial Foundation, (202) 326-1768 / 326-1729.

Reasons, remarks, and statements by others often stimulate, abuse, or amuse PN readers. Reasons & Remarks serves as a forum for others as well as for PN Editor Cliff Crase.
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Author:Crase, Cliff
Publication:PN - Paraplegia News
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2001
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