The National World War II Memorial
will be dedicated May 29 in Washington, D.C. Rendering by Joe McKendry
Ketchum veteran to be honored
Pace to attend dedication of WWII
By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer
Ketchum veteran Denny Pace will represent
the Wood River Valley at a special May 29 ceremony to dedicate the new National
World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Pace, a former Air Force colonel and pilot
of the renowned Lockheed P-38 World War II fighter plane, will attend the event
as a representative of the David Ketchum Post of the American Legion.
"We are especially proud of Denny Pace and
his accomplishments as a member of the Unites States Air Force," said Tom
Johnson, commander of the David Ketchum Post. "We are very pleased to have him
represent the Wood River Valley Legionnaires at this once in a lifetime event."
The National World War II Memorial opened
for public viewing in April but will not be formally dedicated until Memorial
Day weekend. Established by the American Battle Monuments Commission, it is the
first national memorial dedicated to all Americans who served during World War
The memorial was authorized by Congress in
1993. Construction began in September 2001 after several years of fund raising
and public hearings.
The official dedication celebration will
span four days, from May 27 through 30.
Wood River Valley veterans interested in
participating in the events can contact Johnson at 726-9431 or Maurice Charlat
at 726-4092 to get details.