Coin Legislation

In the spring of 2021, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the National World War II Memorial Commemorative Coin Act(H.R. 1057), which authorizes the U.S. Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Proceeds from the sale of the commemorative coins will be used to maintain and repair the Memorial, as well as for commemorative and educational programming. The bill currently has 296 cosponsors, but has not yet been considered for a vote.

In the United States Senate, Senators Mike Rounds (R-SD) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) have introduced a companion bill, the Greatest Generation Memorial Act (S.1596) which currently has 27 cosponsors.  At least 67 Senate cosponsors are needed to bring the bill to the Senate floor for a vote.


Time is quickly running out

Friends hopes this important legislation will be passed in 2021. We have made significant headway, but we need your help.

If your representative or senator has not cosponsored either bill, please contact their office directly and ask them to.

If we are successful, the bill would have the U.S. Treasury mint coins in January 2023 and allow us to begin making repairs at the WWII Memorial soon after. Let’s unite the generations of tomorrow by preserving this Memorial and continuing to teach the lessons of yesterday.

Contact My Senator

For your convenience, here is a suggested message that you can copy, paste, and send to your Senator:

Dear Senator:

I am contacting you to ask that you sign on as a cosponsor of S.1596, the Greatest Generation Memorial Act.  This important bill, which was introduced by Senators Mike Rounds (R-SD) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), 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 recognize 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. S.1596 will accomplish these goals. Most importantly, the bill will not cost a dime of taxpayer money.

Once again, I urge you to sign on as a cosponsor of S.1596. Should you want to cosponsor this important bill, please contact Frank Tedeschi in Senator Rounds' office at frank_tedeschi@rounds.senate.gov.

Thank you.

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