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Commission approves memorial to Ukrainian famine

Friday - 9/7/2012, 2:46am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new monument project is a step closer to construction in Washington that would serve as a Memorial to Victims of the Ukrainian Manmade Famine of 1932 and 1933.

The National Capital Planning Commission approved preliminary and final site development plans for the memorial Thursday. The National Park Service submitted the plans on behalf of Ukraine's government.

The memorial project would be different from most others in the nation's capital that mark U.S. events and leaders.

The memorial plaza will include a bronze sculptural wall depicting wheat receding into the wall. It would be located near Union Station at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, North Capitol and F streets. It will be a block from the Memorial to Victims of Communism.

The commission decided the memorial met its design guidelines.

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