Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on July 2, 1961 · Page 89
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 89

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monument dominates American cemetery at Manila. To help us remember by GEN. JACOB L. DEVERS Chairman, American Battle Monuments Commission O N JULY 4, and on other U.S. national holidays, our thoughts turn to the historic American dead who fcll.in defense of freedom, on battlefields arnund the world. They lie in 14 American cemeteries, located from Luxembourg to the 'Philippines (see photo). It is the duty of every American--and especially of the American Battle Monuments Commission --to keep their memories alive and to provide solace to their families. Two of Five'who gave their lives overseas in World Wars I and 1! remain there. For their relatives, the Commission offers a little-known service that is probably unique in the world. For the families of the dead, the Commission will furnish, free of charge, an aerial color photo of the cemetery where the serviceman's body lies, phis a close-up photo of the grave and the headstone. Families of those listed as "missing" are given a photo of the appropriate section of the "missing" roster, which is engraved on the \vall of honor at each of the memorials. A family can receive these photos by writing the ABMC, Washington 25, D.C, They should submit as much information as possible, including name, rank and serial number of the serviceman. This service is little enough to do for those who paid the terrible cost of freedom's defense. We take a quiet pride that our nation honors its dead, that our people live their heritage, that sacrifice by an individual does not go unrecognized. · On Parade Speaking of the tributes to America's fighting men, as the article at left docs, one of the nation's most unusual war monuments is the focus of a public-spirited campaign in Newport News, Va. There, concerned citizens arc raising funds to restore the Victory Arch of 1919. When the boys came home after World War I, most were slated to pass through Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation. Suddenly Newport News realized it had no appropriate way to greet them. Within a few months, the aruli was erected. Hundreds of thousands of rcturningdoiighboys marched through. But after 1919 the arch fell into disrepair. The park adjoining it wns sold. Nearby trees were cut down. Several commercial enterprises crowded close. Timbers rotted. Paint flaked. Stucco fell away. In World War II, there was a brief flurry of interest in the arch. But now plans for a permanent arch and appropriate landscaping have been drawn (see below). The committee points out that the idea behind the memorial is eternal, and that all sections of the nation have a stake in keeping both arch and idea alive. For those who wish to contribute to tin's worthwhile cause, the address is: Victory Arch Fund, Box 934, Newport News, Va. PARADE THE SUNDAY NEWSPAPER MAGAZINE JESSCORKIN.EA'for Donald Wayne Managing Editor Lou SardelEa Art Director Morton Yarmon, Aisociale Afanagrng Editor Robert P. Goldman, Edwin Kiesler, Jr. Atsodate Editors Douglas R. Steinbauer, Afriitunf Art Director DemeliU Taylor, Home Economic* Director Virginia Pope, Fattiton Editor Jack Andeison. Fred Blunenthal, Wathintfon bureau UoyrJ Shearer, Wett Coatt bureau ARTHUR H- MOTLEY, Prttidenl and Publisher O 196Ii rARADE Publications, Inc., 285 Madison Avc., New York 17, N. Y. AH rights reserved under International and Pan Amrrican Copyright Contentions. Reproduction in whole or in part of any article without permission it prohibited. PAK*DH»; Marca Hcj.

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