The Code of Support Foundation helped create the first memorial to this generation's servicemen and women at its "Spirit of '45 Day" event Aug. 10.
Members of military and civilian communities met at the World War II Memorial beginning to help construct a living memorial dedicated to post-9/11 veterans and their families.
The Living Wall of Honor is comprised of more than 1,000 multicolored petunias and marigolds.
“These veterans and their families do not yet have a memorial of their own," said COSF Founder and CEO Retired Major General Alan Salisbury. "The Living Wall of Honor... provides an opportunity for every American to pay homage and recognize today’s military service members and their sacrifice.”
The event is part of the program "Spirit of '45 Day."
In 2010, Congress unanimously passed Concurrent Resolution 226, which called for the second Sunday of every August to be a day of celebration for the end of World War II and the spirit of service and sacrifice that made the victory possible.
In addition to the Living Wall of Honor, the event will feature speakers that bridge the gap between generations of veterans, including a real World War II 'Rosie the Riveter' and post-9/11 veterans.
After the event, the Living Wall of Honor was relocated to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation at Arlington National Cemetery, where it is expected to remain until Sept. 11.
COSF says the memorial will give veterans, families, friends and the general public the opportunity to honor service members, veterans and families of the post-9/11 wars.