World War I memorial to re-open November 10

Honors begin at the reopening of the D.C. War Memorial. (Photo: Gretz Kreuz)

(AP, WJLA) — The long cracked and neglected District of Columbia War Memorial honoring World War I veterans on the National Mall is reopening after a $2.3 million renovation.

A ceremony Thursday marks the reopening of the memorial on Independence Avenue. It has been closed more than a year.

The memorial is a ring of columns capped by a circular dome. It was built in 1931 and lists all 499 city residents who died during the war.

Federal stimulus funds covered the restoration. Contractors cleaned and restored the stone and re-pointed its joints. Electrical systems and lighting were replaced, along with the landscaping. The memorial has been under restoration since August 2010.

A ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at Ash Woods, south of the Lincoln Memorial. Mayor Vincent Gray, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and others will speak.

It was built in 1931 to memorialize local heroes who served in World War I. It lists all 499 District residents who died during the war.