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Legislation reported to add D-Day prayer to World War II Memorial

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Legislation to place the D-Day prayer next to the World War II Memorial was reported in the Senate and readied for a vote. The report became public online on Wednesday, April 2.

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources sent the World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2013 (S. 1044) to the Senate, where it was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar for a vote.

A companion bill is pending before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. Similar legislation failed to clear the last Congress. For the legislative history, see the stories linked to below.

The bill would require placement of a plaque or inscription by the memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC with the words President Franklin Roosevelt spoke to the nation on radio on June 6, 1944, the morning Allied Forces invaded Normandy in France.

The Congressional Budget Office says the costs of the bill would be “insignificant.”

The National Park Service objects to the addition on the grounds that the design of the memorial was carefully made after considerable public input. But it said it will work to comply with the law and find a place for the inscription should the bill pass.

Read the Senate report at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/R?cp113:FLD010:@1%28sr141%29.

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