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DC Preps For Accessible Dedication Of WWII Memorial
May 25, 2004

WASHINGTON, DC--Planners in the nation's capital are getting ready for what certainly will be one of the single largest gatherings of people with disabilities in U.S. history: this Saturday's dedication of the new World War II Memorial on the National Mall.

Tens of thousands of veterans, their family members and other celebrants are expected to be on hand. Veterans who were 18-years-old at the end of the war in 1945 are now 77-years-old. Many of them have disabilities or medical concerns that organizers are taking into consideration.

Veterans groups, the National Parks Service, DC agencies and public transportation systems say they are going out of their way to help all visitors this Memorial Day weekend. Extra measures have been taken to accommodate those with physical disabilities and medical issues.

Planners try to increase accessibility of World War II Memorial (Knight Ridder via Aberdeen News)
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