WWII Memorial Helps Veterans Break Silence

MAY 27, 2004 - Posted at 4:55 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Several World War II veterans from Arkansas plan to travel to Washington, D.C. this weekend for the unveiling of the National World War II memorial.

The memorial opens Saturday, a nearly 60-year delay in erecting any kind of national tribute to that generation's collective sacrifice.  By comparison, it took only seven years from the fall of Saigon in 1975 to the unveiling of the Vietnam War Memorial in 1982.

As Nick Bacon, director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs puts it: "The World War II generation was too busy building the country to honor themselves."

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