U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter and U.S. Senator Richard Burr (NC) introduced the War Memorial Protection Act today in the House and Senate, respectively. In light of persistent legal action and the threat of future court challenges, the War Memorial Protection Act creates a foundation in federal law for the protection of war memorials that also include any symbol of faith.
"Across the country, from Mt. Soledad to Arlington National Cemetery, generations of military service and sacrifice are respectfully honored by war memorials of different types," said Representative Hunter, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Many of these memorials include symbols of religious faith, varying in prominence, but the intent and meaning of these memorials are being blatantly misconstrued to advance an agenda through the courts. The War Memorial Protection Act will reaffirm in federal law the necessary protection for war memorials, ensuring the time honored tradition of honoring our military with accompanying symbols of faith can continue without threat of legal action. I am grateful for Senator Burr's support and commend his commitment to America's veterans."
The War Memorial Protection Act was introduced by Representative Hunter in the 112th Congress and passed the House with unanimous support.
"It is our duty to honor our veterans and their families, and American military memorials around the world stand as testaments to their sacrifice," said Senator Burr. "Many of our men and women in uniform have strong religious convictions, often finding that their faith has played a role in their service. This bill would recognize their beliefs by ensuring that religious symbols, regardless of affiliation, are allowed to be part of military memorials that commemorate those who served and sometimes paid the ultimate price in service to their country."
In the Senate, original co-sponsors of the War Memorial Protection Act include Marco Rubio (FL), Johnny Isakson (GA), Mike Johanns (NE) and John Boozman (AR).