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Wilmington wants to be World War II city

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Soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima during WWII.

Soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima during WWII.

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Wilmington hopes to win the designation as an American World War II City.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported that Wilmington historian Wilbur Jones went to Washington, D.C., on Thursday to testify before a congressional committee about the idea.

U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., and Jones testified before the House Veterans Committee about the idea.

The plan calls for the Veterans Affairs Secretary to designate one city each year as an “American World War II City.” The legislation calls for Wilmington to be the first city.

McIntyre says Wilmington has a long and distinguished list of contributions to the effort in World War II.

Criteria for the award would include contributions to the war effort and efforts to preserve the history of the city’s contributions.

Credit: The Associated Press.