On Monday, Congressmen Blake Moore (UT-01) and Marc Veasey (TX-33) introduced the National Medal of Honor Monument Act, bipartisan legislation to pave the way for the creation of a monument in our nation’s capital recognizing the Medal of Honor and its fewer than 4,000 recipients.
“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,” said Congressman Moore. “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.”
“I am proud to reintroduce this legislation that will honor these brave men and women for risking their lives to protect our democracy,” said Congressman Veasey. “A monument to the Medal of Honor is a cause everyone can rally around and it’s past due that we recognize the service and sacrifice of the bravest individuals to serve our country in our capital, for Americans to learn from.”
This bill authorizes the creation of a monument that will pay homage to the values the Medal of Honor represents—courage, patriotism, citizenship, integrity, commitment, and sacrifice—and the brave individuals who earned it in service to the country. The introduction of this bill comes on the heels of the introduction of the bipartisan National Medal of Honor Monument Act in the Senate.
The Medal of Honor is the United States’ highest military decoration and is awarded to U.S. service members who have distinguished themselves with extraordinary acts of valor. It is awarded very rarely and only to those whose service and sacrifice far exceed the call of duty. The mission of the National Medal of Honor Museum, which is currently being built in Arlington in Texas’ 33rd Congressional district, is to commemorate the stories of our Medal of Honor recipients, unite Americans around the common ideals embodied by the medal, and inspire every citizen to look for ways to serve and create a lasting impact in their own communities.