Security lines, searches and checkpoints will greet the throng of visitors expected to attend dedication events for the National World War II Memorial next weekend in Washington...
Security lines, searches and checkpoints will greet the throng of visitors expected to attend dedication events for the National World War II Memorial next weekend in Washington, D.C.
More than 30 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies will help police the Memorial Day weekend events, including the formal dedication ceremony Saturday afternoon, said Sgt. Scott Fear, a U.S. Park Police spokesman.
The National Park Service estimates 200,000 people a day will visit the National Mall for the dedication of the outdoor memorial, which honors those who served in World War II, and a four-day Smithsonian Institution exhibition and veterans’ reunion.
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The complex of commemorative plaques, fountains, statues and reflecting pool has been unofficially open since late April.
While security will be tight next weekend, Fear said, police will be mindful of the thousands of elderly World War II veterans expected to attend the events.
He said police will allow buses carrying veterans to drop off their passengers close to the memorial site.