This Memorial Day 2019 marked a particularly poignant time in the history of the National World War II Memorial as 15 years ago it was dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II.

Representative Marcy Kaptur of Ohio first introduced legislation to authorize establishing a WWII Memorial on federal land in D.C. in 1987. She introduced similar legislation in 1989, 1991, and 1993, when finally it was passed and signed into law by then President Bill Clinton. Rep. Kaptur lead the campaign to create a World War II Memorial in D.C. and has always been a staunch advocate for the WWII Memorial as a place to honor, remember, and thank the Greatest Generation.

As part of our Memorial Day commemoration, we are honored and thrilled to have Rep. Kaptur serve as our keynote speaker. Photographs of Rep. Kaptur, along with our Chairman Josiah Bunting III, and several WWII veterans are below.


Students from Collage Eli in Faure, Normandy, France hold up posters of American servicemembers killed during World War II.


Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) gives the keynote address.


WWII Veteran Lou Perrone and Friends Chairman Josiah Bunting III lay a wreath.


WWII and D-Day veteran Herman Zeitchik sits next to the wreath he presented with NPS volunteer George Kerestes.


Congresswoman Kaptur presents a wreath with WWII veteran Peter Naylor.


Presentation of wreaths at the Freedom Wall.

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