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. . . Seen a "Forgotten" Memorial

Sunday, August 15, 2004; Page C02

. . . seen a "forgotten" memorial to a friendship on the rocks. In 1928, the Cuban government presented President Calvin Coolidge with a piece of the Havana memorial, commemorating the USS Maine and the start of the Spanish-American War, that had been destroyed by a hurricane. The urn, misplaced for almost 50 years after it was moved to make way for the 14th Street bridge, was found in a National Park Service warehouse in 1996. Now the memorial, which honors America's assistance to Cuba in fending off Spain, sits in a semi-obscure spot awaiting the warming of relations between the two countries.

The Cuban Friendship Urn was given to America in friendlier times. (Matt Sheehan -- The Washington Post)

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The memorial to the USS Maine and Cuban Friendship Urn is in West Potomac Park on Ohio Drive SW.

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