When it comes to honoring troops who made the ultimate sacrifice as they gained victory during the Normandy landings, it’s not partisan.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is partnering with Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) in reintroducing the 75th Anniversary of the End of World War II Commemorative Coin Act in hopes of designating a commemorative coin next year.
With this legislation, the two lawmakers hope to “recognize those heroes from ‘The Greatest Generation,’ as well as every other American who contributed to our victory in the war,” Scalise said.
“Seventy-five years after their sacrifices were made to preserve our freedoms, it is up to each of us to ensure that the torch of liberty continues to shine, and that those heroes are never forgotten,” Scalise added.
Recognizing the turning point in WWII on D-Day, Richmond said that “this coin will serve as a token to remember the enduring sacrifices made at such a pivotal time in our nation’s history.”
The legislation would have to garner 290 co-sponsors to be brought up for a House vote, with only two coins authorized per year.
If created, the proceeds from the coins would go toward the National World War II Museum in New Orleans that reflects on the “thousands of American troops [who] bravely stormed the beaches of Normandy,” as Scalise says.
There are currently 5,350 WWII veterans residing in Louisiana, the home state of both congressmen, and the proceeds to the museum would “ensure their stories continue to be told for generations to come,” the House minority whip wrote in a NOLA.com op-ed.
“While we can never fully repay them for the brave sacrifices they made, we are proud to be taking steps to honor their service,” Scalise wrote. “[…] It is the least we can do to remember the important sacrifices these heroes made to defeat evil and to preserve freedom not just here at home, but to extend that torch of liberty to all who seek it around the world.”