July 23, 1998 12:00 AM

Tom Hanks is showing his determination to have a World War II memorial built on Washington’s National Mall. In a letter obtained by the Associated Press that is expected to be read today before the National Capitol Planning Commission, the “Saving Private Ryan” star wrote: “The truth is that no design will please everyone (but) I don’t understand how anyone can argue that the WWII generation isn’t worthy of their memorial’s approved site on the National Mall.” While a site has been approved, on a grassy strip between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial, there has also been criticism raised. Earlier this month, says AP, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt was informed by the Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation that the new monument would create “serious and unresolved adverse effects on the pre-eminent historic character of the National Mall.” Hanks has been raising money for such a monument via public service commercials on TV.

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