The Mall's Protector

Monday, June 11, 2007

Our national parks and great open spaces here in Washington and across the country have lost a great friend and advocate in Sen. Craig Thomas (R-Wyo.) [obituaries, June 6].

This quiet man was a stalwart supporter and protector of our nation's capital and of the revered icons of our country as reflected in the monuments, memorials and museums on the Mall. Indeed, Mr. Thomas was the author of a 2003 amendment to the Commemorative Works Act that designated a Reserve on the Mall to protect this great space.

Generations of future residents and visitors may not recall his name as they come to the Mall to celebrate America and its history, but their personal experiences will be enriched by the senator's tireless efforts to protect the integrity of this great public realm.

JOHN V. COGBILL III

Chairman

National Capital Planning Commission

Washington


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