Two Congressional representatives have reintroduced legislation that would permit the minting of a commemorative coin in support of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Reps. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., recently reintroduced the National World War II Memorial Commemorative Coin Act, which authorizes the U.S. Treasury to mint the coins. Proceeds from the sale of the commemorative coins will be used to maintain and repair the memorial, as well as for commemorative educational programming.
“The World War II Memorial serves as a great symbol of how unifying our country was and can be,” said Holly Rotondi, executive director of the Friends of the National World War II Memorial. “We are grateful to Congresswoman Kaptur and Congressman Kinzinger for recognizing the importance of the Memorial as a singular place in the U.S. to commemorate World War II and its veterans so we can teach the lessons of yesterday to unite the generations of tomorrow.”
Proceeds of the sale of each coin will go to the Friends of the National World War II Memorial, the non-profit that maintains and repairs the memorial and operates its educational programs.
Similar legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives in the last Congress and the bill garnered 172 cosponsors. Under Congressional rules for commemorative coin bills, at least 290 cosponsors in the House are needed to bring a commemorative coin bill to the House floor for a vote. A companion bill is expected to be introduced in the Senate over the next several weeks.
The National World War II Memorial Commemorative Coin Act has the endorsements of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Commemorative Air Force, Afikim Foundation, and 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc. So far, 144 members of Congress joined Kaptur and Kinzinger as original cosponsors of the legislation.
The coins are expected to be minted in 2023 if the bill passes the House and Senate and receives presidential approval.
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