Monument to National Medal of Honor recipients waits approval from Congress

Julia LeDoux
November 22, 2019 - 11:39 am
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The National Medal of Honor Monument proposed for Washington, D.C. is a step closer to becoming a reality.

Reps. Marc Veasey (D-TX 33) and Ron Wright (R-TX 6) introduced H.R. 5173, the National Medal of Honor Monument Act on Nov. 19. If approved, it will create a National Medal of Honor Monument in Washington, D.C. to honor the nation's more than 3,500 National Medal of Honor recipients.

“The monument will be an inspiration that everyone around the country can stand behind,” said Joe Daniels, President and CEO of the National Medal of Honor Foundation. “It will help to further shed light on the stories of our nation’s bravest military heroes.”  

The legislation was co-sponsored by 16 other representatives.

The Congressional Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military decoration. Since its founding in 1863, 3,525 Medals of Honor have been awarded.

A Foundation spokesman said potential sites for the monument have been identified and the organization is “working with a bipartisan group of members in Congress in order to build the monument as quickly as possible and in an ideal location to be determined.”

The architectural renderings and the monument’s costs are not yet available because the effort is still in its formative stages.

“The monument will be funded by both private and public donations,” he added.

The National Medal of Honor Museum announced in October that Arlington Texas, will be the home for the museum, which will offer an experience that draws personal and emotional connections to Medal of Honor recipients and their stories, while shedding light on the wars in which they fought.. The museum is currently working with four renowned architectural finalists, who are competing for its final design.

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