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Ross Perot to attend war memorial center opening in Richmond

Anita Kumar

Former presidential candidate Ross Perot will attend Friday night's grand opening of the education center at the Virginia War Memorial, which will be named after his longtime friends, Paul and Phyllis Galanti.

Galanti was a Navy prisoner of war during the Vietnam War with Sen. John McCain (R) and now serves as Gov. Bob McDonnell's commissioner for veteran affairs.

Perot and the Galantis became close after he tried to get the POWs better treatment and released during the Vietnam War.

About 560 people are attending the event, including McDonnell, former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger, who lives in Charlottesville, and a host of other local and state officials.

The memorial, built in 1955, was designed to honor Virginians who died in World War II and the Korean War. The shrine was later enlarged to honor those killed in Vietnam and Desert Storm. It now has names engraved on its glass and stone walls. Plans are underway to honor those killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 17, 2010; 3:50 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , John McCain , Robert F. McDonnell  
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