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Rivers Casino Presents Dedication Ceremony; Remarks from Mayor and County Executive

PITTSBURGH – Dec. 4, 2013 – A day before Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (Dec. 7), Pittsburgh will have its own reason to honor local men and women who fought for our country.

After more than 13 years of planning, designing and construction, the Southwestern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial will be unveiled and dedicated on Friday, Dec. 6. A public ceremony will take place at 10 a.m., and will include remarks from Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

The memorial is located on the banks of Pittsburgh’s North Shore Riverfront Park, on a portion of the Great Lawn called the Bosque. It is situated just steps from Heinz Field and the Del Monte Center on North Shore Drive. The memorial was created by Larry Kirkland and artists from Design Workshop of Denver.

The design celebrates the contributions of Southwestern Pennsylvanians to the war effort and serves as an outdoor museum to share local stories. The memorial includes panels of glass and granite that describe the war, the region’s role in the conflict and the sacrifices of local veterans. Visitors pass a large flagpole and then enter the heart of the memorial, a unique elliptical space defined by the panels. The interior is devoted to the local history, while the exterior describes the story of the war around the world.

“This memorial pays tribute to the many veterans from Southwestern Pennsylvania who fought in the war and the sacrifices they made to keep our country safe,” said Bob Luffy, President of the World War II Memorial Committee.

Rivers Casino Continues Support for WWII Memorial

Friday’s dedication ceremony is presented by its North Shore neighbor, Rivers Casino. The casino was an early supporter of the World War II Memorial, naming its organization one of the beneficiaries of Rivers’ charity test nights during the casino’s August 2009 opening celebration. Rivers has continued its support of the memorial, donating more than $37,000 to date. Additionally, all ceremony attendees will be treated to a free lunch at the casino’s Grand View Buffet following the dedication.

“We’re pleased to support the World War II Memorial and join the celebration of our local veterans. We are grateful for their service,” said Craig Clark, general manager of Rivers Casino.

The ceremony will include a presentation of colors from U.S. Army veterans, live musical performances from local schools—including CAPA, Pittsburgh Minadeo and Allderdice—an invocation from Bishop David Zubik and Rabbi James Gibson, and a flag raising by Boy Scout Troop 379.

For more information about the World War II Memorial, please visit

The City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, working with local Veterans organizations, formed the WWII Memorial organization through a series of funding commitments. The memorial was funded through a mix of private and public funding. Its innovative design uses glass and granite panels to describe the war and the sacrifices of area veterans. For more information or to donate, please visit

Opened in 2009, Rivers Casino has been named “Best Overall Gaming Resort” in Pennsylvania by Casino Player magazine, “Best Overall Casino” in Pennsylvania by Strictly Slots magazine and “Best Casino” by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The casino features nearly 3,000 slots, more than 100 table games, nine distinctive restaurants and bars, a riverside amphitheater, a multipurpose event space, live music performances, free parking, and multiple promotions and giveaways daily. Already, more than $346 million in jackpots have been awarded to players at Rivers Casino. For more information, visit

Emily Watts
For Rivers Casino
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