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5/25/03 - Washington

One Year to the Opening of the World War Two Memorial

Washington-AP -- The 12 month countdown has started to opening ceremonies for the World War Two Memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

The ceremonies are scheduled for Memorial Day weekend next year.

Mike Conley, spokesman for the American Battle Monuments Commission, said construction on the memorial is expected to end in March of next year. It will actually be open to the public in April.

The memorial will feature two granite pavilions, surrounded by 56 granite pillars representing the 48 states, seven territories and the District of Columbia, representing American unity. There will also be a field of four-thousand gold stars, to remember the 400 thousand who lost their lives in World War Two.

There has been controversy over the location and the design of the memorial. It is located between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.

Conley says once completed, the memorial will become a great gathering spot in Washington.

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