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Oak Ridge designated American World War II Heritage City

Oak Ridge

The city of Oak Ridge has been designated as an American World War II Heritage City by the National Parks Service (NPS). The program honors the contributions of local towns, cities, counties, and the people whose bravery and sacrifices shaped the U.S. homefront during the war. Only one city in each state can receive this designation. Oak Ridge played a critical role in the war, being created secretly as a key location of the Manhattan Project. The work conducted at Oak Ridge was instrumental to the war effort. According to the NPS, information about the engagement of the citizens of Oak Ridge, TN to marshal resources toward the U.S. World War II home front effort and to commemorating and preserving its legacies will be included on the website ( and may be included in future AWWIIHC program promotional materials.