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May 27, 2004|By Lori Sears

World War II Memorial

It's been a long time coming - nearly 59 years - but, finally, the 16 million Americans who served in World War II are getting their national memorial.

The National World War II Memorial, situated between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial on the mall in Washington, will be dedicated Saturday.

A ceremony, reunion, salute and memorial service for America's "greatest generation" will take place all weekend long in the nation's capital.

The four-day "Tribute to a Generation" kicks off today and runs through Sunday. The main event - the memorial dedication ceremony - begins at 2 p.m. Saturday. Gates open at 8 a.m., and tickets are required for seating. (For information on nonticketed viewing areas, visit

At noon, visitors can hear music by armed forces bands, watch videos and newsreel clips and learn the history of the memorial. The U.S. Postal Service will offer a National World War II Memorial stamp on site and at all post offices Saturday.

At the dedication, President Bush will receive the memorial on the nation's behalf. Other dignitaries, including former Sen. Bob Dole, chairman of the National World War II Memorial, will participate in the ceremony.

Today through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., a World War II reunion will take place on the mall. The Smithsonian Institution and the American Battle Monuments Commission are sponsoring the event, which has a gathering place for World War II servicemen and servicewomen, live big-band and swing music, a "Wartime Stories Tent," a "Veterans History Project Tent," information on preserving memories, details on the planning and building of the memorial, representatives from veterans' organizations, a military-equipment display and hands-on children's activities related to the World War II period.

At the MCI Center, members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard will present a musical and narrative "Salute to World War II Veterans" at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow and at 7 p.m. Saturday.

And an interfaith memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Washington National Cathedral. Military and civilian clergy will participate. Seating is limited.

For ticket information, call 800-297-1421. For general information, including travel, parking and directions, call 800-639-4WW2. For wheelchair-accessibility questions, call 800-340-9737. For further information, visit www.WWII

Basset hound ramble

Dogs, dog owners and dog lovers are invited to the eighth annual BROOD (Basset Rescue of Old Dominion) Basset Ramble Saturday at Riverbottom Park in Williamsport, Washington County. All are welcome to take a leisurely stroll along the C&O Canal while raising money for basset rescue. All breeds of dogs are invited to join the walk. Dog lovers without canine companions may borrow a basset for the stroll. Participants should visit to get pledge sheets.

After the walk, participants can enjoy a picnic with live music by the bluegrass band Delaware Rag, doggie activities, a canine costume parade, auctions, a raffle and more. Folks can also learn about adopting a basset hound and hear all about the breed.

The Basset Ramble begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Riverbottom Park, off U.S. 11, Williamsport. Registration for the walk is at 9 a.m. Call 301-770-7170 or visit for pledge sheets or information.

`Jam on the River'

A little jazz. Some funk. A bit of country. A dose of rock. And some soul. The annual "Jam on the River" festival at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia has it all. Each year, national and Philly-area jam bands take part in the festival. This year, the diverse list of musicians includes Ween, Hank Williams III, Galactic, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Townhall, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, the Brakes, Disco Biscuits, Particle and 4 Way Street.

Visitors can browse crafts booths for such things as herbal comfort pillows, tie-dyed clothing with pictures of rock icons and hand-painted wall hangings. Food will be available.

"Jam on the River" runs 1 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Penn's Landing, off Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia. Tickets are $20 and good for either day. Visit or for tickets. For general information or directions, call 215-922-2FUN.

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