A World War I Centennial Commission will plan activities to commemorate America's involvement in the war. But those hoping to build a monument to those who served in it will be disappointed. Congress approved for President Barack Obama's signature on Monday, Dec. 31, the World War I Centennial Commission Act (H.R. 6364).
The bill creates a commission to plan, encourage and coordinate activities to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the conflict. The commission can serve as a clearinghouse for information and recommend ways to celebrate. While the commission can provide advice to Congress, federal, state and local governments; it cannot use federal money to pursue its activities.
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But the final bill does not include a provision that would have allowed creation of a monument to commemorate Americans who served in the war. The original bill as passed by the House included a measure calling for construction of one in the District of Columbia.