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World War I Memorial Approved in Washington D.C.

Posted: Dec. 7th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

With battles over the fiscal cliff, US participation in UN treaties, and revisions to the NDAA gripping congress, it's impressive that the House of Representatives found time at all to approve legislation commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I with a memorial to be built “anywhere in the city.” The new memorial was positively received by lawmakers, but already is facing cuts in land area.

The House Committee on Natural Resources Wednesday approved legislation commemorating the centennial of World War I and authorizing a memorial in Washington, D.C.

The committee approved the Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act (H.R. 6364), named after the last surviving American veteran of the Great War.

The committee approved by voice vote an amendment offered by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) that would allow the memorial to U.S. veterans of the war to be located anywhere in the city. The legislation originally called for its placement near Constitution Gardens on the National Mall.

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