IMAGES: Design Selected for Proposed World War I Memorial

A design for the proposed National World War I Memorial at Pershing Park has been selected, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission announced Tuesday -- but the memorial still isn’t a done deal.

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A design for the proposed National World War I Memorial at Pershing Park has been selected, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission announced Tuesday -- but the memorial still isn't a done deal.
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The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission selected the design titled "The Weight of Sacrifice" by Joseph Weishaar and Sabin Howard.
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Each cubic foot of the memorial represents an American soldier who died during the war, 116,516 in total.
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The memorial focuses on themes of "public space and personal freedom" -- that these two ideas are only available through the sacrifice of soldiers.
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Pershing Park, named after Gen. John Pershing, would be the home of the new memorial; however, it is the current home of the war's original memorial.
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Proponents hope the new design will "transform Pershing Park from a park that happens to contain a memorial to a site that is primarily a national World War I memorial..."
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The proposed memorial features relief sculpture, quotations of soldiers and a freestanding sculpture.
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Pershing Park is located at Pennsylvania Avenue NW and 14th Street NW.
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However, some are advocating to protect the original memorial designed by M. Paul Friedberg or to incorporate it into the new design.
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Charles Birnbaum, president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, is among those advocating to protect the original memorial designed by M. Paul Friedberg or to incorporate it into the new design.
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Groups including the National Park Service and the National Capital Planning Commission would have to sign off on the design, so the Cultural Landscape Foundation has been campaigning since August to urge National Mall and National Park Service stakeholders to preserve Pershing Park, adding it as a Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site. That would slow any possible changes to the park.
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