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ShovelA ceremonial shovel is seen at the groundbreaking for the national World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. The memorial, designed by 25-year-old architect Joseph Weishaar, is expected to be completed next year. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI

National World War I Memorial breaks ground in Washington, D.C.

By Ed Adamczyk
via the United Press International web site 

Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Groundbreaking was held in Washington, D.C.'s Pershing Park, on Thursday for the long-awaited World War I Memorial.

The ceremony marked the start of the $50 million project to honor those who served in what was first called The Great War, which involved U.S. servicemen between 1917 and 1918.

The design features soldiers on a 65-foot-long horizontal panel, and $12 million in private contributions has so far been raised. The World War I Centennial Commission said its goal is to complete the memorial by the end of next year.

Pershing Park, which is being remodeled to accommodate the new memorial, fell into neglect after it was built in 1981 as part of a design renaissance along Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue. A centerpiece of the park is a statue of Gen. John J. Pershing, commander of U.S. forces in WWI -- which is also referred to as The War to End All Wars.

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