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‘Honor our nation’s brave heroes’: Veasey supports the National Medal of Honor Monument Act

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U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Fort Worth) and U.S. Rep. Blake Moore (R-Utah) have introduced legislation to build a monument to honor heroes that have earned the nation’s Medal of Honor award.

S.4433, dubbed the National Medal of Honor Monument Act, “authorizes the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation to establish a commemorative work on federal land in the District of Columbia in honor of the extraordinary acts of valor, selfless service and sacrifice displayed by Medal of Honor recipients.”

“Proud to be a part of this bipartisan effort to honor our nation’s brave heroes,” Veasey wrote in a May 27 Twitter post.

Currently being built in Arlington in Texas’ 33rd Congressional district, the National Medal of Honor Museum seeks to recognize the achievements of Medal of Honor recipients, celebrate their stories and inspire citizens.

“Values, not valor. That’s what the National Medal of Honor Monument Act is all about,” the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation wrote in a May 27 Twitter post.@RepVeasey and @RepBlakeMoore sponsored legislation to make the monument a reality. We ask that Congress moves to quickly pass this bill!”

Under the bill, the foundation would be responsible for the finances associated with the monument.

“I’m proud to cosponsor legislation that will begin the process of elevating the Medal of Honor to its proper place in our nation’s capital,” Moore said in a statement. “The giants of our republic are immortalized in Washington, D.C., and the unparalleled courage demonstrated by Medal of Honor recipients deserves permanent recognition so future generations continue to understand the sacrifices that have given us our freedoms.”

Just three weeks ago, similar legislation titled the bipartisan National Medal of Honor Monument Act was introduced in the Senate.

The Medal of Honor is the U.S.’s highest military decoration reserved for U.S. service members who have distinguished themselves by performing outstanding acts of valor. 

Approximately 3,500 individuals have been awarded the medal since the American Civil War.

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