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Honoring Veterans

In the spring of 2004, Francis Campane and his wife took a train trip from Connecticut to Washington, D.C. They were headed to the nation's capital to visit the newly opened National World War II Memorial.

A memorial is something special that honors a person, a group of people, or an event. The World War II memorial opened in April. It was built to honor the 16 million men and women who served in the armed forces during World War II (1939–1945).

Remembering a Generation

The trip was especially meaningful to Campane, because he is a World War II veteran. A veteran is someone who has served in the armed forces. Campane served in the navy during the war. He was stationed aboard a ship called the U.S.S. Montpelier in the Pacific Ocean.

“I was amazed at the memorial and the gratitude the American people have shown World War II veterans,” Campane told Weekly Reader. “It's great to know our generation will be remembered.”

A plaza, a reflecting pool, fountains, and stone arches are among the memorial's main features. A wall of gold stars at the memorial honors the more than 400,000 Americans killed in the war.

Veterans Day

The World War II memorial is one of many places across the country where people remember the U.S. military on November 11. That is Veterans Day, a holiday set aside to honor our nation's armed forces.

On that day, people pay tribute to U.S. troops serving overseas, such as in Iraq. For his part, Campane had planned to volunteer at a hospital that cares for veterans.