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American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, DC

150 Washington Ave S.W. Washington, DC 20024
The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington D.C. was created to honor and pay tribute to all disabled veterans, past, present and future. It was designed by Michael Vergason Landscape Architects and a dedication ceremony was held October 5, 2014 following its completion. A unique combination of glass and granite make up the memorial which encompasses a star-shaped fountain fixed into a broad reflecting pool. In the center, a ceremonial flame burns, representing injury, loss, renewal and a reminder of hope. Two long granite walls make up the Wall of Gratitude, which features inscriptions carved into the east face of both walls. The southern part of the memorial showcases three staggered glass walls called the Voices of Veterans. These walls contain 49 panels with photos and quotations from veterans about their devotion to duty, what it was like to be wounded and how they came to terms with their disability. The memorial's main paths are lined with a grove of trees which provide shade and a relaxing area for visitors to reflect and honor the sacrifices of America's veterans. Visitors are encouraged to walk the paths, read the panels and meditate on the importance of courage, sacrifice, tenacity, loyalty and honor. The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial is within sight of the U.S. Capitol Building at 2nd Street SW, Washington Avenue SW and the on-ramps from those streets to I-395.  

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