The City of Savannah will dedicate a World War II Monument on Saturday.
The $1 million memorial depicts two halves of a broken world and will go up after years of private fundraising and 65 years after the war ended.
Most World War II veterans are now in their 80's or 90's.
Televison and film actor James Cromwell is the honored guest of the dedication Saturday.
He says, the gesture is long overdue.
"It's a recognition and a way of thanking -- if that's possible to do -- the contributions and the sacrifices of those who gave their lives," Cromwell says.
Savannah designated the city's historic waterfront as the monument's location after historic preservation concerns stopped plans for it to go in one of the city's squares.
The United States dedicated a national World War II monument on the Washington Mall in 2004.