Tuesday, January 29, 2013

In the past quarter century, Congress has authorized 24 new memorials for the District of Columbia. That's just about one a year. Roughly two dozen memorials are proposed each year, and planning officials say that D.C. will see another 35 memorials between 2015 and 2050.

Here's a list of some of those that were proposed in 2012, but never got approved:
  • A Museum of Ideas about the history and evolution of human thought.
  • A National Women's History Museum.
  • A memorial to honor the patriots of the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
  • A Gold Star Mothers National Monument Foundation to establish a national monument. (Gold Star Mothers are those who have lost a child in wartime.)
  • A plaque at the National World War II Memorial listing the words of the prayer delivered on June 6, 1944 (D-Day) by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • A memorial to free blacks and slaves who fought in the American Revolution.
  • A Wall of Remembrance (similar to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial) as part of the Korean War Veterans Memorial.
  • A Smithsonian Institution the Smithsonian American Latino Museum. (Congress established a commission to study the need for an economics surrounding a potential National Museum of the American Latino. The commission issued a positive report in November 2011. Implementing the report and actually creating a museum will require an act of Congress.)
  • A National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial.
  • A Navy Dive School memorial at the Washington Navy Yard.

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