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Virginia War Memorial renovations near completion

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – This September, the Virginia War Memorial will reopen nearly 6 times as big as its original structure. On Memorial Day, we got an inside look at the project as it nears the grand opening day.

"We're about 9 weeks out from moving in to our new building and as you see this is the grand lobby," said Candi Shelton with the Virginia War Memorial. "We're going from 3,000 square feet to 18,000 square feet."

The memorial was completed in the 1950's. Today, people who came to visit shared their excitement about an expansion for a structure to remember lives lost fighting for our freedom.

"I think it's a great idea," said Randy Harris as he visited the memorial. "I mean what they had was really nice but I'm sure this will be a great addition."

"It's going to enhance the function of the memorial," added memorial visitor, Mark Kirk. "I'm sure they will have programs that will help people learn more about the value of the lives that were given here."

"Downstairs we have large Freedom Hall that can seat well over 200 people, we'll have a research library, 75 seats, sloped floor theater and a large training room," said Shelton.

Right now, all you see is drywall, wiring and wood. When it's completed, however, Shelton believes the possibilities are endless for honoring the men and women who have served our country.

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