Congressman Brian Bilbray (CA-50) today issued the following statement in support of the passage of H.R. 290, War Memorial Protection Act, by Representative Duncan Hunter (CA-52):
"After being elected to Congress in 2006, one of my first acts was to cosponsor H.R. 5683, a bill to protect Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial by preserving it as a national memorial. With the support of the president, this bill was signed into law. Today, my colleagues joined me in voting to ensure that all war memorials with religious symbols are protected under federal law. The War Memorial Protection Act will not only protect Mount Soledad, but every war memorial across the country. For nearly a century, the Mount Soledad Memorial has stood above our community as a beacon honoring San Diego's veterans who have courageously served in our armed forces. The veterans who gave their lives to protect our freedoms are a part of San Diego's heritage; their memorials should be preserved to honor their service." -- Congressman Brian Bilbray, Represents California's 50th Congressional District.