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Commission to consider monuments to World War I, Peace Corps

The National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission (NCMAC) will take up pending commemorative works at its meeting this coming week. The Commission announced in the Federal Register of Friday, May 2, that it will meet on Tuesday, May 6. The docket includes plans for memorials to the Peace Corps and World War I.

The meeting takes place at 1 p.m. Eastern Time in Room 311, the Boardroom of the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), 3rd Floor, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20001. The meeting is open to the public. If you wish to attend, enter through the third floor hallway. For more info, contact Brandon Bies, secretary to the commission,(202) 619-7097, brandon_bies@nps.gov.

The commission was established by Congress to review all proposed memorials to see if they comply with the Commemorative Works Act and to advise Congress and federal agencies about memorials in and around Washington, DC and sometimes elsewhere. The director of the National Park Service chairs the commission. It also includes the administrator of the General Services Administration, mayor of Washington, secretary of defense, CFA chair, architect of the Capitol, and chair of the American Battle Monuments Commission.

NCMAC will discuss legislation recently introduced to establish a World War I Memorial in Pershing Park in Washington. It will also consult with the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation on an alternative site study for a memorial to the Peace Corps. In January, President Barack Obama signed into law a measure approving a memorial to the Peace Corps but no site has yet been chosen. The commission will also talk with representatives of the District of Columbia government about placing memorials on land owned by the city, as opposed to federal real estate.

The commission is not taking public testimony at the meeting but it is inviting public comment on any of the matters discussed above. It is also taking comments on items it discussed at its December meeting. These include the National Liberty Memorial and Memorial to Gold Star Mothers and Gold Star Families. Send comments to Peter May, chairman, NCMAC, 1100 Ohio Dr. SW, Room 220, Washington, DC 20242, Attention: Brandon Bies, secretary to the commission.