WASHINGTON (WNEW) — The District is home to a new memorial — this one is in honor of the nation’s disabled veterans.
The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial sits on a 1.7 acre site between the Capitol and Botanic Gardens. The memorial is made up of a star-shaped reflecting pool with a flame in the center, bronze carvings of the silhouettes of soldiers, and glass panels with quotes from disabled vets.
President Obama helped dedicate the new memorial on Sunday afternoon.
“This memorial tells us what we must do. Our wounded veterans set out on that long road of recovery,” Obama said. “We need to move heaven and earth to make sure they get every single benefit, every single bit of care that they have earned.”
Actor Gary Sinise, who played double amputee Lt. Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump, calls this memorial an overdue tribute to the nation’s disabled veterans.
“We cannot give those wounded veterans back their arms and legs, but we can give them our respect and our support”