Historic Preservation Program and Review Board Recognized for Clarendon War Memorial Project
via the Arlington County (VA) web site
Arlington’s Historic Preservation Program staff and Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB) was honored with a Commission Excellence Award in the category of Best Practices: Public Outreach/Advocacy from the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) during its virtual conference on Aug. 7. The award recognizes the work of County staff and the HALRB on the Clarendon War Memorial Interpretive Project.
Clarendon War Memorial Interpretive Project
Dedicated on Nov. 11, 2019, the eleven historic markers that comprise the Clarendon War Memorial Interpretive Project describe the impact of 20th– and 21st-century conflicts on Arlington’s community and landscape. The markers stand in Clarendon Central Park adjacent to the Clarendon War Memorial, which commemorates the Arlingtonians who lost their lives in five conflicts. Research undertaken for the interpretive project revealed the names of five additional Arlington servicemen whose World War I sacrifice had previously gone unrecognized.
Sponsored in part by a grant from the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission's 100 Cities / 100 Memorials program and fundraising efforts spearheaded by the County’s World War I Commemoration Task Force, the interpretive project represents the culmination of more than a year’s collaboration between County staff and the HALRB with the Task Force, Arlington’s veterans, and numerous community stakeholders.
“This project was an unprecedented government and community collaboration that honors our local veterans by sharing their stories and sacrifices with future generations. It also highlights individuals and groups overlooked in the past, such as women, Black Arlingtonians, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community,” said Cynthia Liccese-Torres, Historic Preservation Program Supervisor. “We are thrilled to receive recognition from the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions and hope residents and visitors alike learn more about Arlington’s history through this project.”
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