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Va. American Legion Calls Stalin Bust Inappropriate

September 3, 2010

The American Legion says displaying a bust of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin at the National D-Day Memorial is inappropriate and insensitive.

"The News and Advance" newspaper reports that delegates at the legion's national convention in Milwaukee approved a resolution Thursday condemning the bust.

The National D-Day Memorial Foundation installed the bust in June. It joined busts of other Allied leaders, including presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman and British Prime Minister Churchill.

The American Legion says the bust is seen as giving Stalin a place of honor.

Foundation President Robin Reed would not comment on the resolution. Foundation officials have previously said the bust isn't to honor Stalin.


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