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D-Day Memorial to unveil bust of founder May 26

Wednesday - 4/23/2014, 1:59pm  ET

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) -- A bust of a veteran who spearheaded the effort to establish the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford will be unveiled on Memorial Day.

The late Bob Slaughter was a D-Day veteran who was wounded twice in France. He served as the Memorial Foundation's chairman from 1994 to 2001.

Slaughter died in 2012 at age 87.

The Roanoke Times ( ) reports that the bronze bust created by sculptor Richard Pumphrey will depict Slaughter wearing a coat, tie and sweater, with a small D-Day Memorial pin on the coat's left lapel.

Memorial Foundation president April Cheek-Messier tells the newspaper that the memorial has raised about half of its $100,000 goal for the bust's construction, installation, maintenance and other expenses. She says fundraising will continue after the bust is installed.


Information from: The Roanoke Times,

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