The Huffington Post reports:
“While nobody is opposing the memorial’s reopening, there is some stewing controversy about the 80-year-old monument’s future. There are proposals to transform D.C.’s local war memorial into a national World War I monument …”
“… Civic associations, like the Association of Oldest Inhabitants and the Rhodes Tavern-D.C. Heritage Society, have come out in opposition to plans to nationalize the memorial and have proposed making refashioning the monument to General John Pershing at 15th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue into a national World War I memorial.
“D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) is defending the local memorial, too: ‘The District of Columbia War Memorial is dedicated to the more than 26,000 District of Columbia residents who served our country in World War I, including 499 of whom died, while denied all the rights afforded other soldiers-votes in the House and Senate, a democratic local government, and the right to vote for the President of the United States,’ she said in June, when introducing a resolution on the matter.”