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Congressman Cleaver Announces Authorization of Funding for World War I Centennial Commission

Jun 29, 2017
Press Release


(Washington D.C.) - Today, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II is proud to announce the authorization of funding for the World War I Centennial Commission in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  Last evening, Congressmen Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Sam Graves (R-MO), in coordination with Congressman Cleaver, successfully offered an amendment in the House Armed Services Committee that would give the military the authority to transfer up to $5 million in funding to support activities to commemorate the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I. 

The World War I Centennial Commission was created by an act of Congress in 2013, sponsored by Congressman Cleaver and Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX).  The Centennial kicked off on April 6, 2017 at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO.  Foreign dignitaries from 27 countries attended the event as jets from the Patrouille de France flew above. 

Commemoration events are scheduled to continue nationwide throughout the year to educate American citizens about the causes and consequences of the War to End All Wars and to honor the heroism and sacrifice of those Americans who served. 

“I’d like to thank both Congressmen Shuster and Graves for their efforts to ensure that those who fought for our country will not be forgotten,” said Congressman Cleaver.

“I am extremely pleased that this amendment was included in the National Defense Authorization Act. The heroes who fought and died on the battlefields of World War I gave themselves for something greater than themselves, and with this legislation, we can continue to educate the public and honor their sacrifice for our country. Thank you to Representative Cleaver for helping bring attention to this issue and our veterans,” said Congressman Shuster (R-PA).

“Since the inception of the World War I Centennial Commission, Kansas City has been committed to acknowledging and commemorating the sacrifices of the more than 4 million men and women from the United States who served in uniform in WWI,” said Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO). “North Missouri was home to thousands of men and women who served their country in this global campaign for freedom and democracy. I commend Congressman Cleaver for his work to provide for the Centennial Commission, and I look forward to working to guarantee the Commission can continue bringing awareness and meaning to the Great War through educational experiences and programs across the country.”

The NDAA will soon be considered by the full House of Representatives.

“I am pleased with the bipartisan collaboration that has led not only to the creation of the WWI Commission, but for funding to honor the centennial and the brave Americans who served our Nation,” said Congressman Cleaver.


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 exclusive House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.

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