SOURCE: Points of Light Foundation

October 11, 2005 06:45 ET

New Washington Monument Honors Leaders in Volunteer Movements

Former President Bush and the Points of Light Foundation to Unveil “Extra Mile” Honoring Volunteers

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 11, 2005 -- The Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial -- all monuments to statesmen and fallen soldiers. Until now there hasn't been a suitable memorial to honor American's who have shaped the social fabric of our country through their volunteer service.

As volunteerism comes into sharp focus due to the recent natural disasters in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, a new initiative of the Points of Light Foundation brings a unique national monument to our nation's capital to fill the void. Known as the "Extra Mile -- Points of Light Volunteer Pathway," the new monument tells the stories of selfless men and women who built their dreams for helping others into great movements that have created enduring change in America.

The monument consists of a series of bronze medallions forming a rectangular one-mile walking path just blocks from the White House. Each marker bears the likeness of an honoree, a description of his or her achievement and an inspirational quotation. Together, the markers form a walking path through an area bounded by Pennsylvania Avenue, 15th Street, G Street, and 11th Street, NW. The Extra Mile honorees include well-known figures like American Red Cross founder Clara Barton and civil rights activist Frederick Douglass, as well as far less celebrated men and women whose legacies represent remarkable social achievements. The pathway is lined with tributes to founders of organizations like Goodwill Industries, Rotary International, Easter Seals and Volunteers of America.

The Extra Mile will be officially dedicated with great fanfare on Friday, October 14th. Attending the ceremonies will be Former President George Bush. Political commentator Cokie Roberts will serve as the host. The Extra Mile will ultimately add service learning and online interactive components that aim to foster the spirit of service in all Americans.

For more information about the monument visit For general information on how to volunteer in your community, visit or call 1-800-volunteer.


--  Sound bite with Former President George Bush
--  Sound bite with Robert K. Goodwin, President & CEO, Points of Light
--  Sound bite with Bernie Milano, President, KPMG Foundation
--  Sound bite with Steve Miller, Chairman of the Board, Points of Light
--  Sound bite with Woman-On-The-Street
--  B-Roll footage including Extra Mile Groundbreaking footage, tourists
    looking at Extra Mile medallions, animation of the Extra Mile, historical
    footage of Extra Mile Honorees, foundry footage - making of medallions,
    footage of Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Memorial and
    footage of volunteer efforts
Date:  Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Time:  1:30 - 1:45 PM ET (1330 - 1345 PM ET)
Coordinates:  IA6, Transponder C-17, Audio 6.2 & 6.8, Downlink Frequency
4040 Vertical
Stay tuned for coordinates to the Dedication Ceremony Feed on Friday, October 14th.

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