The dedication ceremony took place at the American Legion Mall in downtown Indianapolis. A crowd of about 1,000 gathered to hear Sen. Dole speak about heroes who gave their lives on battlegrounds abroad to allow those at home to continue living with the freedom that is the foundation of American values.
Officials unveil World War II memorial
Long after the haze of battle cleared, it is entirely proper that a half century later, we honor them this way," Dole said. "It is right because their sacrifices made possible much of what we take for grantedIt is right because they remind us that the liberty we enjoy comes at an awsome price."
Dole, who himself has been honored with his distinguished service as a soldier in World War II, defended the need for the war.
"Some say war never settles anything," Dole said. "But World War II settled a great deal."
As a Marine Corps band played taps, members of the American Legion stood with Dole at the end of the unveiling ceremony. Indianapolis is the home of the national headquarters for the Legion.
Dole is seeking funding for the building of a World War II monument in Washington, D.C.
The former presidential candidate hopes to raise $100 million dollars for the project.