Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today issued the following statement about the future of the D.C. War Memorial:
"Several weeks ago, Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), and I came to an agreement that the D.C. War Memorial would remain unchanged and dedicated exclusively to District of Columbia veterans, and that we would continue to work together to pursue a number of other options for a national World War I memorial in the District, to re-designate the Liberty Memorial of Kansas City, MO as the "National World War I Museum and Memorial', and to plan for the upcoming centennial. Representatives Poe, Cleaver, and I continue to work to satisfy all the outstanding concerns.
"The D.C. War Memorial was built with the blood and treasure of D.C. residents, including funds from schoolchildren. Our memorial is deeply symbolic of the historic and continuing concerns of District residents, particularly our veterans, who continue to serve without equal congressional representation, equal rights as citizens, and equal local government control. I am relieved and gratified that the D.C. War Memorial will remain dedicated as intended, and I remain committed to working with my colleagues on a solution to the outstanding issues of concern."