Scale model of National WWII Memorial coming to Newburgh Sunday | Events
An original scale-model of the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. will be unveiled, during a program honoring Veterans and their families at Newburgh Elementary School this Sunday at 2 p.m. The exhibit and event is sponsored by Pillars of Honor, Inc., an Illinois non-profit organization dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans unable to travel to Washington DC to see their memorial in person. Pillars of Honor brings the memorial to them.
It’s the original scale model that was used by Senator Bob Dole to present the memorial design to Congress. It was designed by Friedrich St. Florian from Providence, RI. Pillars of Honor has this model on loan for a limited time before it has to be returned and placed in the Smithsonian.
Pillars of Honor says the average age of World War II veterans is now 90 and about 1,200 are passing away each day.
“These Veterans are missing out on the opportunity to get first-hand knowledge about their memorial and more importantly receive recognition for their contribution to our nation,” states a news release from the group. “This Day of Honor experience gives Veterans the opportunity to learn about their memorial, talk with other Veterans and reflect upon the sacrifices they and others made during one of the most trying times in the history of the United States.”