The Washington Post, By Thomas Gibbons-Neff: When Marine Cpl. Jessie Fletcher lost both his legs in a bombing in Afghanistan on Oct. 17, 2011, he never imagined a memorial that would honor him and so many other veterans like him.
On Sunday, though, the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which has been built adjacent to the U.S. Botanic Garden and within view of the Capitol building, will officially open to the public, almost three years to the day after Fletcher was injured.
Through a mixture of granite slabs, glass panels and a single flame flanked by a solemn reflecting pool, the memorial tells the story of veterans from every conflict and from every branch of service who have borne the brunt of battle and lived to carry the visible, and invisible, wounds of war. Designed by architect Michael Vergason, it is dedicated to both the living and the deceased.