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H.R. 1721 - To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to designate at least one city in the United States each year as an “American World War II City”, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: David Rouzer (R)
Introduced: 2017-03-24
Bill Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.
 

This bill directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to designate at least one city in the United States each year as an "American World War II City" based on the city's: (1) contributions to the war effort during World War II; and (2) efforts to preserve the history of such contributions, including through establishment of preservation organizations or museums, restoration of World War II facilities, and recognition of World War II veterans.

The bill designates Wilmington, North Carolina, as the first such city.

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115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1721


    To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to designate at least one city in the United States each year as an “American World War II City”, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 24, 2017

    Mr. Rouzer introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


A BILL

    To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to designate at least one city in the United States each year as an “American World War II City”, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Designation of American World War II Cities.

(a) In general.—The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall designate at least one city in the United States each year as an “American World War II City”.

(b) Criteria for designation.—After the designation made under subsection (c), the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, shall make each designation under subsection (a) based on the following criteria:

(1) Contributions by a city to the war effort during World War II, including those related to defense manufacturing, bond drives, service in the Armed Forces, and the presence of military facilities within the city.

(2) Efforts by a city to preserve the history of the city’s contributions during World War II, including through the establishment of preservation organizations or museums, restoration of World War II facilities, and recognition of World War II veterans.

(c) First American World War II City.—The city of Wilmington, North Carolina, is designated as an “American World War II City”.


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