Profile America: A Measure of Devotion

Sunday, May 29 — This date 12 years ago was the Saturday before Memorial Day, and thus appropriate for the dedication ceremony for the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Authorized in 1993, the memorial honors the 16 million Americans who served in the global conflict, including the 400,000 dead. The memorial received nearly $2 million in donations and pledges, thanks in part to the efforts of actor Tom Hanks as spokesman for the campaign. Currently, of the nearly 21 million living veterans in the U.S., there are more than 1.5 million from the Second World War, including some 114,000 that served in the Korean War as well.

Source: American Community Survey.

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