In 2006, C. V. Cummings Chapel Hill VFW Post 9100 traveled to Arlington, Virginia, for the funeral of a member, Carl R. Fritz. We also took time to visit the World War II Memorial. We’ll share a few photos of our trip here. We encourage you to visit the war memorial website. It has a lot of information on its funding, construction, and importance. To visit the site, click here.
The memorial’s website is full of facts that you may not know. The section on funding of the memorial is of special interest. Did you know that it was funded almost entirely by private donations as required by Public Law 103-32? The memorial funding campaign raised over $197 million dollars in cash and pledges. “Hundreds of thousands of individual Americans, hundreds of corporations and foundations, veterans groups, dozens of civic, fraternal and professional organizations, states and one territory, and students in 1,200 schools across America” provided the money.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars provided over $2,000,000, as did the American Legion.
It cost $182 million. All of the expenses of design, building, fees to the National Park Service for maintenance, and the dedication were part of the cost. The remaining funds (then $15,000,000) are held on deposit with the U.S. Treasury in a special National WWII Memorial Trust Fund. Learn more about this special memorial that honors the 16 million service men and women and over 400,000 who gave their lives during World War II.
Our slideshow of the 2006 trip shares images of local World War II veterans that joined us on our journey, but have since died. Let’s not let our local veterans miss an opportunity to visit their memorial.