$25 million gift will help Veterans Memorial redevelopment
August 19, 2013
Veterans are among the biggest populations in the Untied States who are honored with various memorials, parades and other events each year for keeping the nation safe both overseas and domestically.
Limited Brands founder Leslie Wexner and his wife, Abigail, recently gave a $25 million gift to the Franklin County Veterans Memorial in Columbus, Ohio, according to the Columbus Dispatch. The news source suggested that part of the state budget might also go to redeveloping this structure, in order to make it the state's official Veterans Memorial.
Construction has yet to begin, although the newspaper said the latest sketch of the area includes a glass-walled building and a rooftop area where military ceremonies, troop homecomings and other events can be held. There will also be an armed forces history museum on-site.
Donating to veterans memorials has been popular lately in the United States. According to The Patriot News, the Dillsburg, Penn., American Legion recently donated $5,000 to a project that will allow for the construction of a memorial site. The total cost of the initiative is about $1.7 million, as various elements like a swimming pool and two dog parks will be added in the expansion, the newspaper detailed.
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