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Please join Rep. Mike Thompson and additional House Members on a letter to House Committee on Appropriations in support of funding for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial and Commission.
Congress recognized President Eisenhower’s remarkable leadership as both General and Commander in Chief when it authorized the building of a national presidential Memorial to him in 1999. Funding and starting construction in Fiscal Year 2016 will allow for the Memorial to be completed and dedicated on June 6, 2019, the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
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Jennifer A. Goedke
Office of Rep. Mike Thompson
231 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
October XX, 2015
The Honorable Harold Rogers The Honorable Nita M. Lowey
Chair Ranking Member
House Committee on Appropriations House Committee on Appropriations
H-305, The Capitol 1016 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Lowey:
We write you as veterans and veterans advocates to show our strong support for the completion of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial and for fully funding its needs in Fiscal Year 2016. As you begin to craft a funding vehicle, we respectfully request that you include funding for the Memorial Commission and construction costs.
Congress recognized President Eisenhower’s remarkable leadership as both General and Commander in Chief when it authorized the building of a national presidential Memorial to him in 1999. In doing so, Congress determined that “the people of the United States feel a deep debt of gratitude to Dwight D. Eisenhower, and an appropriate permanent Memorial should be created to perpetuate his memory and his contributions to the United States.” It is time to build this Memorial while we still have WWII veterans alive and able to visit it. Starting construction in Fiscal Year 2016 will allow for the Memorial to be completed and dedicated on June 6, 2019, the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
As you know, Memorial design is never unanimous but rather by consensus – just as the Eisenhower Memorial achieved through consensus the extensive review process that Congress created. Three Commissions, led by men and women of integrity, have considered this design and have heard from all parties. Design revisions have been made and the design is approved. A fitting and proper Memorial design has been approved by the Eisenhower Memorial Commission whose membership includes four Senators, four House Members and presidential appointees. Congress has approved the site location on Independence Avenue, SW between 4th and 6th Streets, and the Memorial has earned the approval from the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission.
We urge full funding in Fiscal Year 2016 to begin construction and continue operation for the Commission. We honor all veterans who served under Eisenhower, both as General and Commander in Chief, by completing this Memorial. As veterans and veterans advocates, we strongly support completion of this national Memorial now.