Sending Office: Honorable Jody B. Hice
SUPPORT H.R. 6108, THE PRESERVE AMERICA’S BATTLEFIELDS ACT!
America’s preserved battlefields are magnificent outdoor classrooms that inspire interest in our nation’s history. They are also living memorials to the valor of citizen soldiers who gave the “last full measure of devotion” to their country and comrades.
Americans who visit these hallowed historic sites cannot help but walk away with a greater appreciation of the sacrifices necessary to secure the freedoms we enjoy today.
The Preserving America’s Battlefields Act is bipartisan legislation that encourages preservation of these hallowed grounds for current and future generations. The bill reauthorizes the federal Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants Program, a successful
matching grants program that promotes the preservation of Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War battlegrounds. The grants, competitively awarded by the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP), encourage state and private-sector investment in
The origins of the Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants Program trace back to a congressional commission that recommended the establishment of a federal matching grants program to protect the country’s most historically significant Civil War battlefields.
The program was first authorized in 2002, when President George W. Bush signed into law the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Act and was expanded to include Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battlefields in December 2014, when President Barack Obama signed
into law the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (P.L. 113-291).
Over the years, Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants have been used to save more than 30,000 acres of hallowed ground in 20 states. The battlefields saved as a result of this program are among the most famous in American history, among them: Antietam, Md.;
Appomattox and Fredericksburg, Va.; Charleston, S.C.; Chickamauga, Ga.; Gettysburg, Pa.; Princeton, N.J.; and Shiloh, Tenn.
If enacted, the Preserving America’s Battlefields Act would increase the authorization of the Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants Program to $20 million a year. This figure includes up to $2 million a year for the restoration and interpretation
of high-priority battlefield sites, helping to transform these battlegrounds into genuine historic tourism destinations.
We urge you to support reauthorization of this highly successful and effective land conservation program. With the 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding approaching in just a few short years, there is no better time to protect our country’s battlefields
and prepare them for the influx of visitors expected for America’s birthday commemoration.
If you have any questions or would like to become a cosponsor of this legislation, please contact Nicholas Brown with Rep. Jody Hice at Nicholas.Brown@mail.house.gov.
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