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Congressman Cleaver Announces Another Achievement to Honor America’s Involvement in World War I

Dec 2, 2014
Press Release

The American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, introduced by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05) and Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05), and cosponsored by 301 other Members, passed the House today by a vote of 418 to 3.

“This bill allows us to pay tribute to the end of World War I battlefield hostilities while honoring the memory, service, and sacrifice of over four million outstanding Americans,” stated Congressman Cleaver. “The year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice with Germany, ending World War I battlefield hostilities. It’s taken far too long for us to adequately honor the more than four million men and women from the United States who served during World War I. Now is the time to pay our tribute.”

Video of Congressman Cleaver speaking in favor of the bill on the House Floor is available here. The legislation, H.R. 2366, directs the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of this centennial. The United States has used commemorative coins to memorialize its significant conflicts, including the Civil War, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Until now, no coin existed to honor the brave veterans of World War I. Funds raised from the sale of the coins will support the World War I Centennial Commission. 

Led by Congressman Cleaver, the 112th Congress established the WWI Centennial Commission to plan, develop, and execute programs, projects, and activities to commemorate the centennial of World War I.  The commission has not been authorized any federal taxpayer dollars and is funded through donations and potential coin sales. In addition to the American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, Congressman Cleaver secured passage of an amendment to designate the Liberty Memorial at America's National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, as the “National World War I Museum and Memorial.” The amendment will redesignate Pershing Park in Washington, DC as the “National World War I Memorial.” The amendment, part of the National Defense Authorization Act, is up for final consideration this week.

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the House Financial Services Committee and also serves as a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. A high resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.