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Bush OKs WWII Memorial

Monday, 28 May 2001 12:00 AM

"The generation of World War II defeated history's greatest tyranny," Bush said during at a signing ceremony in the White House's East Room attended by veterans and memorial advocates such as former senator Bob Dole. "Our nation must always remember their heroism and humility and terrible suffering, and that memory must be and will be preserved on the Washington Mall."

Bush's signature clears the way for construction of the $160 million memorial between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. Construction could begin as soon as July after more than a decade of controversy over the project since it was first formally proposed to Congress in 1987.

Political tussles about the placement of the monument, its design, funding and other aspects of the project have stalled efforts to break ground on the memorial. Meanwhile, monuments for conflicts that came after World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam, have gone up in the National Mall near columned tributes to Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.

Advocates of the World War II memorial say construction should begin immediately so the last of the generation who were involved in World War II will have a chance to see it before they die.

The memorial's architects envision a sprawling mass of columns, sculpted granite, bronze stars and flagpoles sitting near the base of the Washington monument. Critics say the placement will impose on the openness and greenery of the area, but opposition to the project is likely to wither in the wake of the president's action, a final stroke that leaves little room for legal recourse against the monument.

"More than any words we say, the truth is told in things we see, in markers and dates and names around us," Bush said later as he placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery across the river from the Mall.

Bush also planned to attend more memorial services in Mesa, Ariz., a stopover for the president before he begins a two-day trip through California.

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