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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard introduces legislation to honor nation’s World War I Memorials

GabbardCongresswoman Tulsi GabbardWashington, DC — Ahead of the 100th Anniversary of World War I next year, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) has introduced bipartisan legislation to rehabilitate World War I memorials in Hawai‘i and across the country. H.R. 4328, the Honoring World War I Memorial Act of 2017 would authorize $50 million awarded through VA grants to eligible entities for the rehabilitation of World War I memorials throughout the United States. Eligible entities include non-profit organizations or state or local governments with direct jurisdiction over the rehabilitation of a World War I memorial. Hawai‘i is home to one eligible World War I memorial at Waikiki Natatorium, along with 47 other states.

In recognition of Veterans Day, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard will deliver the keynote address during the Veterans' Day Ceremony in commemoration of the 99th Anniversary of the end of World War I at the Waikiki Natatorium this Saturday, November 11.

“More than four million brave men and women, including 10,000 soldiers from the territory of Hawai‘i, bravely served our country during World War I,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “Nearly a century later, many of the memorials, like the WWI Waikiki Natatorium in Hawai‘i, are deteriorating, decaying, and crumbling due to decades of neglect, and many have been closed to the public for decades. The heroes of World War I fought bravely and sacrificed greatly for our country and deserve places of rest and reflection that honor their service. Passing the Honoring World War I Memorials Act of 2017 to restore our country’s World War I memorials would provide a small measure of our nation’s gratitude to those who served and sacrificed.”

“Part of honoring our veterans includes maintaining the war memorials that recognize their heroic sacrifices in defense of our country,” said Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa. “I thank Congresswoman Gabbard for introducing this legislation to restore World War I memorials for future generations.”

“We applaud Congresswoman Gabbard’s legislation to give our World War I memorials the protection they deserve,” said Stephanie K. Meeks, President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Often neglected, World War I memorials across the country are some of the most unique and functional community resources. As we join the world in reflecting on the centennial of the war, the Honoring World War I Memorials Act helps bring much needed focus on these memorials and ensures the sacrifices of the millions of Americans who served are not forgotten.”

“We are thrilled to have this support for our efforts of commemoration, education, and public outreach,” said Daniel Dayton, Executive Director of the WWI Centennial Commission. “The American men and women who served in World War I helped to change the entire world. 4.7 million Americans stepped forward to serve in uniform during World War I. Two million of them deployed overseas. 116,516 of them never made it home. No war should be forgotten, and no military member's service should be forgotten. The lessons of their service needs to be honored, and to be learned from.”

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