Alabama Farmers Federation Makes WWII Memorial Donation
"WASHINGTON, D.C." Members of the Alabama Farmers Federation proved their patriotism with their pocketbook, raising more than $100,000 for the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.
The Farmers Federation State Board of Directors earlier this year agreed to match county contributions of up to $500. Federation President Jerry Newby said he was proud the State Board decided to endorse the memorial fund-raising effort.
"This memorial is long overdue," said Newby. "More than 16 million Americans served in uniform during the war; more than 400,000 gave their lives and millions more supported the war effort from the home front. Unfortunately, the World War II generation is too quickly passing into the history they helped to write. Of the 16 million in uniform, fewer than seven million are alive today, and we lose another 1,000 each day. It is time to say thank you."
The Federation raised $105,286 for the monument which included $9,558 in individual contributions, $47,253 in county cash contributions, a $33,500 cash contribution from Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance Co. and $14,975 in-kind contributions (donated advertising from the Alabama Farmers Federation).
The World War II Memorial was authorized by law in 1993. It will be located on 7.4 acres of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. The total cost of the memorial is expected to be $100 million--all of which must be raised from private contributions.
For more information about the World War II Memorial, visit the memorial website at www.wwiimemorial.com.