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Newest Washington memorial honors wounded veterans
Newest Washington memorial honors wounded veterans

The story that Lois Pope likes to tell about her first interaction with war-wounded veterans takes place at a rehabilitation center in New York in the mid-1960s. Pope, an actress who had performed on Broadway, had been invited to sing there. Her audience was slumped in wheelchairs and resting on gurneys. In a rendition of "Somewhere" from "West Side Story," she sang the line "Hold my hand and I'll take you there," and reached out to a young Vietnam veteran to take his hand. "But he had no hand to hold," says Pope, now 81. She describes the experience as the emotional seed of her drive to build a national memorial for disabled veterans. ...

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