WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has approved the creation of a national memorial to commemorate World War One in which more than 116,000 Americans died, the memorial’s commission said on Saturday.
The site will complete the quartet of national memorials in Washington to the four great US wars of the 20th century – the two world wars, Korea and Vietnam, the World War I Centennial Commission said in a statement.
The new memorial will honour the 4.7 million Americans in the armed forces during the war and the millions who served in a civilian capacity “in a manner commensurate with the memorials to our veterans of the later wars of the 20th century,” said Commission Chairman Robert Dalessandro, a retired Army colonel.
The National World War I Memorial will be created by expanding Pershing Park on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The 1.75-acre (0.68-hectare) site about a block from the White House contains a statue of General John Pershing, the commander of the American Expeditionary Forces during the war.
Obama approved the memorial by signing the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, the statement said.
Congress approved the legislation last week.