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Fort Monroe citizen group to be honored

Monday - 3/12/2012, 7:53am  ET

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - A Virginia organization is being honored for its role in the creation of Fort Monroe National Monument.

The National Parks Conservation Association is set to present Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park with its Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award in Washington on March 27.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the annual award was established in 1986 to honor individuals or groups who fight for the protection of national parks.

The group advocated for park service involvement at the site after the federal government announced the Army would leave the base in 2011.

President Barack Obama in November added 324 acres of the former Army base in Hampton to the National Park Service by declaring it a national monument.


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