Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

April 23, 2014

D-Day Memorial to unveil bust of founder May 26

BEDFORD, Va. — 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.

 

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