National World War II Memorial Commemorative Coin Legislation
National World War II Memorial Commemorative Coin Act
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, who originally introduced the legislation that led to the building of the National World War II Memorial, has introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 1057, along with U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, to have the U.S. Treasury mint coins in commemoration of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. The proceeds from the sale of the coins will go to the Friends of the National World War II Memorial (Friends) for the maintenance and repair of the National World War II Memorial, and educational and commemorative programs.
H.R. 1057 currently has 207 cosponsors, but it needs at least 290 House cosponsors before it can be considered for a vote.
The National Park Service (NPS) – the caretakers of the Memorial – currently has a $12 billion maintenance backlog of priority work nationwide. Nearly $1 billion of this backlog is for the National Mall alone.
NPS has asked Friends to partner with them on a number of critical maintenance projects at the World War II Memorial, including a much needed new lighting system.
Absent the National World War II Memorial Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 1057), NPS will have to foot the cost of making the needed repairs to the National World War II Memorial; but, would likely take a number of years to get to all the repairs that need to be addressed. H.R. 1057 would raise private dollars to make these repairs — potentially saving millions in taxpayer money, and would be able to make the repairs much sooner.
H.R. 1057 will allow Friends and NPS to ensure that the Memorial remains a “must-see” destination for its 5 million visitors each year.
The National World War II Memorial Commemorative Coin Act has been endorsed by a number of organizations, including the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
On May 12, 2021, Senators Mike Rounds (D-SD) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced The Greatest Generation Memorial Act in the Senate, the companion bill to H.R. 1057. Senators Steve Daines (R-MN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), John Thune (R-SD), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Rick Scott (R-FL), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) also co-sponsored the bill. This is a major step towards ensuring legislative success and protecting the National World War II Memorial for generations to come.
We need your help!
Please email your House Member and ask them to sign on as a cosponsor to this bill! You can go to the below website to find your Member of Congress and send them an email:
For your convenience, here is a suggested message that you can copy, paste, and send to your Representative:
I am contacting you to ask that you sign on as a cosponsor of H.R. 1057, the National World War II Memorial Commemorative Coin Act. This important bill, which was introduced by U.S. Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Adam Kinzinger, directs the U.S. Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. The proceeds from the sale of the coins will go to the non-profit Friends of the National World War II Memorial for the maintenance and repair of the National World War II Memorial, and educational and commemorative programs.
The National World War II Memorial is the only national memorial that honors the service of all World War II veterans. It is an important and special monument for our veterans and the nation. For World War II veterans and their families, the National WWII Memorial is a sacred place — one that provides a fitting and moving tribute to the service and sacrifice of our fighting men and women. As the number of World War II veterans declines, it is vital that our nation appropriately recognizes their sacrifice and service.
One of the best ways to do this is to ensure that the National World War II Memorial is properly and fully repaired and maintained. In addition, it is also vital to ensure that the educational programming surrounding events at the Memorial remain robust and substantial. H.R. 1057 will accomplish these goals. Most important, the bill will not cost a dime of taxpayer money.
Once again, I urge you to sign on as a cosponsor of H.R. 1057. Should you want to cosponsor this important bill, please contact Margaret McInnis in Rep. Kaptur’s office at email@example.com.
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