A World War I memorial in the nation's capital is getting another shot at reality. Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) once again introduced a measure to builld a memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC commemorating the conflict. Last year, the House approved the measure but the Senate stripped it out before Congress approved a bill creating a commission to promote activities celebrating the centennial of the worldwide conflict. (See stories linked to below for background.)
So Poe is trying again. He introduced a new version of the Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act (H.R. 222). The bill would allow the World War I Memorial Foundation to build a sculpture or other work of up to half an acre. It could cost up to $10 million to design and build. The monument could not infringe upon the existing memorial on the Mall dedicated to District of Columbia citizens who fought in the conflict.
The newly created World War I Centennial Commission could plan activities to recognize the opening of the monument.
Read the bill at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:H.R.222:.
The legislation was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources.
Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) and Al Green (D-TX) immediately cosponsored it.