Congressman Tim Ryan Votes to Establish National Medal of Honor Memorial
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan voted this week to authorize the construction of a National Medal of Honor Memorial in Washington, DC.
Representative Tim Ryan (OH-13) was one of ten original cosponsors of the bill, which passed the House of Representatives unanimously. The legislation authorizes the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation to place a commemorative memorial in the nation’s Capital to honor the extraordinary acts of valor, selfless service, and sacrifice displayed by Medal of Honor recipients.
“The stories of Medal of Honor recipients never cease to amaze me. There is absolutely no way that I can ever fully comprehend the sacrifices that they have made for their country – it is truly unimaginable. However, those of us in Congress can give these heroes the recognition that they have earned. This Memorial is long overdue and will ensure that every American can not only hear their stories, but also reflect on their service,” said Representative Ryan.
The bill provides no federal funds for construction. Rather, the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation will be responsible for accepting contributions and paying expenses to establish the memorial. Any donations received in excess of the cost of construction will fund ongoing maintenance. The World War I, World War II, and Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorials in Washington, D.C. were similarly constructed with non-profit partners.
The legislation now heads to the Senate for its consideration where Senator Cornyn (R-TX) introduced an identical companion bill.