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Virginia War Memorial sets attendance record

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A record 11,100 people visited the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond during May 2013.

The attendance numbers are the highest for any month since the Memorial opened in February 1956.

"We are extremely pleased that so many of our fellow Virginians are bringing their friends and families to come see what many have called the most beautiful state war memorial in the United States," said the Memorial's Executive Director, Jon Hatfield in a press release. "In fact, approximately 2,000 attended the Commonwealth's Memorial Day Ceremony here on May 27 and nearly 1,000 more came to honor our fallen heroes throughout the day – our largest crowd ever for a single day."

The addition of the Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center in September 2010 boosted visitation numbers, according to Hatfield. The Virginia War Memorial hopes to set a new record number of visitors of more than 60,000 in 2013.

The Education Center includes meeting rooms, exhibits, a library, and theaters that show the film Into Battle and the video series Virginia at War. Additionally, the E. Bruce Heilman Amphitheater holds several programs, including the Commonwealth's Memorial Day Ceremony.

Overlooking downtown Richmond and the James River, the Virginia War Memorial's mission is to honor veterans, preserve history, educate youth and inspire patriotism in all. The Memorial lists the nearly 12,000 Virginia veterans who gave their life during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and the Global War on Terror.

For more information on the Virginia War Memorial's hours, events, and donation opportunities, call 804-786-2060 or visit www.vawarmemorial.org or www.facebook.com/virginiawarmemorial.

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