WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) recently supported passage of the Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act.
The act would facilitate the planning and development of activities to commemorate the World War I centennial.
“In the ‘war to end all wars,’ we are inspired by a generation – embodied by our own Frank Buckles – who well understood that the preservation of our freedoms and liberties is an ongoing struggle that often requires great sacrifice,” Rahal, a senior member of the House Military Veterans Caucus, said.
The Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act establishes the World War I Centennial Commission to develop recommendations for Congress and the president for commemorating the centennial of World War I, as well as facilitate and organize the planning and development of centennial events at the federal, state, and local levels of government.
The measure was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and now awaits action in the Senate.
“It is a generation now gone, but not forgotten,” Rahall said. “West Virginia has a proud record of military service, and to our state’s and nation’s veterans we owe an enormous debt that must never be forgotten.”