In Washington, DC’s Congressional Cemetery, a new memorial thought to be the first of its kind will honor the contributions of LGBT veterans.
The board of directors for the National LGBT Veterans Memorial have already bought the plots and are currently seeking design submissions from artists nationwide. They’re hoping to unveil the monument on Memorial Day 2014.
Russell, a retired Army LTC and chair of the NLGBTVM board of directors, said, “The time has come for those of us who were forced to serve in silence to honor our fellow veterans with a dignified and impressive memorial in our national capitol. The National LGBT Veterans Memorial will provide a fitting resting place where our veterans may, as Leonard Matlovich urged us to do, ‘leave a lasting record of our accomplishments.’”
Four million for you, DC. You go, DC.