Congressman Cleaver Secures $7 Million for WWI Centennial Commission
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II is proud to announce the approval of $7 million in funding for the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission (WWICC). The funding is included in the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus funding bill, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives today. Along with the funding, the bill allows other federal agencies to contribute funding or personnel to support the activities of the Commission. Commemoration events are scheduled throughout the next year nationwide to educate American citizens about the causes and consequences of the “war to end all wars” and to honor the heroism and sacrifices of those Americans who served.
The WWICC was created in 2013 by an Act of Congress, sponsored by Congressman Cleaver and Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) to honor, educate and commemorate soldiers and participants of World War I. The Centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I was commemorated on April 6, 2017 at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO. Over 4,000 people attended the ceremony, along with foreign dignitaries from 27 countries as jets from the Patrouille de France flew above. Over 4.7 million men and women served our nation in uniform and over 116,000 Americans gave their lives in defense of liberty. The funding approved by this bill will support activities and events in all 50 states over the next year.
“This is tremendous news. This means WWICC can continue to do the great work of further educating and remembering what WWI means to this country,” said Congressman Cleaver.
Congressman Cleaver has been a long-time supporter of WWI commemoration efforts. He was the co-author of the 2014 WWI American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act. The coin was struck this past November.
The National World War I Museum and Memorial is located in Kansas City, MO. Congressman Cleaver attended the ground breaking for a second national WWI memorial to be located at Pershing Park in our nation’s capital.
“My thanks to Chairman Frelinghuysen, Ranking Member Lowey, Subcommittee Chairman Calvert, and Subcommittee Ranking Member McCollum for hearing my appeal for WWI and working with me over the last couple of years. This was a years-long, bipartisan effort with support from Representatives Shuster (R-PA), Yoder (R-KS), Sam Graves (R-MO), and Wagner (R-MO)”, said Congressman Cleaver.
“I am pleased that the bipartisan support for the Commission has continued and that we will be able to appropriately honor the centennial and the brave Americans who served in World War I.”