January 26, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the “World War I American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act” yesterday, and the bill will now head to the president’s desk to be signed into law. The Blunt-led effort would establish a World War I American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin and recognize 2018 as the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the armistice with Germany, which effectively brought an end to WWI. Blunt and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (Mo.) introduced an original version of bill in the Senate earlier this year.
“This important bill gives us an opportunity to honor and remember more than four million American veterans who served our country during World War I,” Blunt said. “I thank my colleagues in the House and Senate for their unanimous support in passing this bipartisan legislation, and I look forward to the president signing this bill into law so we can encourage future generations to recognize the selfless sacrifice of these brave American heroes nearly 100 years ago.”
U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver (Mo.) and Doug Lamborn (Colo.) introduced the bill in the U.S. House of Representatives where it passed earlier this week.
Missouri is home to the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, which is the only museum in the country solely dedicated to telling the story of World War I and the global events that took place between 1914 and 1918.
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