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Senators Blunt, McCaskill Introduce Bill To Establish Coin Honoring WWI Veterans

August 01, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.) introduced the “World War I American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act” this week to honor more than four million veterans who served in WWI and recognize 2018 as the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the armistice with Germany, which effectively brought an end to WWI.

Missouri is home to the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo., 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.

“Whenever I visit the WWI Museum in Kansas City, Mo., I’m reminded of the tremendous sacrifices that these Americans made to serve our country,” said Blunt. “I hope my Senate colleagues will support this bipartisan legislation to encourage future generations to recognize the unprecedented magnitude of this war and the overall impact it had on our nation.”  

“The freedoms we enjoy today were defended by men and women in uniform who selflessly served our nation—and honoring their service starts with remembering and paying tribute to their sacrifices,” said McCaskill, the daughter of a military veteran. “I’m proud to be a part of this bipartisan effort, and help ensure that our kids and grandkids have another opportunity to remember those who marched before them, and helped secure the America they know today.”

Additional Background Information: 

  • The bill establishes a coin design competition held by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and a panel of judges elected by the World War I Centennial Commission.
     
  • The coin comes at no cost to taxpayers, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury will be reimbursed for the costs of designing and issuing the coins. Additional funds will go to the World War I Centennial Commission to execute programs, projects, and activities recognizing the 100th anniversary of World War I.
     
  • The Civil War, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War have all been memorialized by commemorative coins. However, no coin currently exists to honor those who served in WWI.

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