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WWI memorial breaks ground in Washington D.C.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWSB) -  After a century, those who fought in World War I will finally be recognized with a memorial in the nation's capitol. 

More than 4.7 million Americans served, 200,000 were wounded and 116,516 lost their lives in the "War to End All Wars." That's more than Vietnam and Korea combined. World War I is the only major war that did not have a memorial in Washington D.C.

The United States WW I Centennial Commission helped mark the grounbreaking with an official ceremony on Thursday, just ahead of Veterans Day. The holiday originally began in the U.S. as "Armistice Day" to mark the end of WW I.

The ribbon cutting at the memorial is planned for November 11, 2018, to coincide with the 100th year anniversary of the end of the war.