WASHINGTON, DC – (August 5, 2020) – U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation that will pave the way for building a monument in Washington, DC, in recognition of the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for valor in combat.
The National Medal of Honor Monument Act – S. 4433 – establishes the creation of a monument that honors the unparalleled bravery demonstrated by those who earned the Medal and the values it represents – courage, sacrifice, patriotism, citizenship, integrity and commitment. A version of the bill – H.R. 5173 – was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this past fall.
“The United States is forever indebted to our courageous women and men in uniform. Thanks to their service, our nation has overcome monumental challenges. Establishing a National Medal of Honor Monument will help allow all Americans to reflect on the sacrifices servicemembers have made in defense of our freedom,” said Sen. Kaine.
“It is our responsibility as Americans to honor in a central place the extraordinary acts of courage that have safeguarded our way of life for generations,” said Rep. Ron Wright (R-TX), cosponsor of the House version of the bill. “It is past time to build a monument in recognition of the heroic patriotism and sacrifice the Medal of Honor represents, and I look forward to seeing this bill pass both chambers of Congress.”
Of the more than 3,500 individuals to have received the Medal of Honor, only 69 are still living today.
“I cannot think of a better way to bring Americans together than to build this monument in our nation’s capital,” said National Medal of Honor Museum President and CEO Joe Daniels. “Along with the National Medal of Honor Museum in Arlington, Texas, it will allow Americans from every corner of the country to pay homage to the Medal and the amazing courage and patriotism it stands for.”
No federal funds will be used to create the monument. Instead, the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation will be responsible for raising funds to cover the expenses associated with the project. In February of this year, representatives of the Foundation testified in front of the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission in favor of a monument in Washington, DC. The Senate will now consider this newly introduced legislation while deliberations continue in the House.