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Most at Forum Oppose Stalin Bust at D-Day Memorial

July 8, 2010

Most of those attending a public forum on a bust of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin at the National D-Day Memorial voiced opposition to the artwork.

Wednesday's forum at the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library drew about 100 people.

Some speakers urged the memorial foundation's board of directors and president to remove the bust. Others said the memorial's purpose is to honor the sacrifices of D-Day veterans, not political leaders.

James Morrison of Moneta called the bust an "abomination that must be corrected."

A few people voiced support for the bust. Bedford resident Meg Ballard says the memorial is a place to learn about the lessons of World War II.

Memorial foundation President Robin Reed says he's still studying the matter.

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