Iowa’s entire Congressional delegation has voted in favor of a plan that puts a new memorial to World War Two veterans on the National Mall in the nation’s capital. Vietnam-era veteran Leonard Boswell, Iowa’s Third District Congressman, is pleased.Boswell says the memorial’s long overdue, but critics argue the 160-million dollar memorial is too big. It will be placed on the Mall’s dwindling green space, and block the view between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. Boswell says you’ll still be able to see the Washington monument when you’re in the Lincoln Memorial. He says he’s watched carefully the design of the monument and doesn’t think it will detract from the mall.The memorial’s been in the works for eight years, and Boswell expects a bit more tweaking before construction starts. Congressman Tom Latham says the memorial should be put on a fast track. He says we’re losing one thousand veterans of the war each day.The House approved the plan on May 15th. The Senate approved the plan for the memorial a week ago. The following day, the House approved the tiny changes Senators sought.
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