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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: October 7, 2013 11:49 AM
From: Representative Paul I. Clymer
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution -- "Expressing Displeasure at the Closing of the WWII Memorial"
On Friday, October 11, 2013, by the close of business, I will be introducing a resolution strongly encouraging the President of the United States to immediately re-open our National World War II Memorial.

The National WWII Memorial is the first national memorial dedicated to all who served during WWII and acknowledges the commitment and achievement of the entire nation. The memorial is considered a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people and is one of the most important symbols of American national unity, strength and courage of a free people.

As you know, on October 1, 2013, the United States government began a government-wide shutdown until further notice. The National Park Service, which is within the Interior Department, operates and maintains the memorial. This memorial is an open-air memorial, which was fenced in by portable barricades, which had to be brought to the open-air memorial to keep individuals, including WWII veterans, from visiting the memorial.

For all of us here in Harrisburg, this would be the equivalent of setting up a barricade completely surrounding our Medal of Honor Memorial in Soldiers’ Grove across Commonwealth Avenue from the Capitol.

Regardless of anyone’s politics, I find the shutting of this memorial shameful and dishonorable, and I am asking the President of the United States to immediately re-open the WWII Memorial.

Please join me in sponsoring this resolution recognizing these dedicated service members.

Introduced as HR503