Sending Office: Honorable Brad R. Wenstrup
H.R. 6635, TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATIVE COIN ACT
Cosponsors: Reps. Shuster, Gonzalez-Colon, Chabot, Gabbard, Gibbs, Moulton, Paulsen, Jones, Meadows, Coffman, Visclosky, Norman, Delaney, McKinley, Kilmer, Welch, Johnson (OH), Renacci, Lesko, Faso, McEachin, Curbelo, Fitzpatrick,
Velazquez, Bordallo, Radewagen, Stewart, Fortenberry, Dingell
We invite you to cosponsor H.R. 6635, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, which would require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint commemorative coins in recognition of the centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at
Arlington National Cemetery. An identical bill has also been introduced in the Senate by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a memorial site at Arlington National Cemetery approved by Congress on March 4, 1921 to commemorate the unknown soldiers who died in World War I. The original white marble sarcophagus of the World War I unknown soldier
features three Greek figures representing Peace, Victory, and Valor. There are six wreaths, three sculpted on each side, which represent the major campaigns of World War I. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and in any
weather by Tomb Guard Sentinels. The Sentinels, all volunteers, are considered to be the best of the elite 3rd U.S. infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), headquartered at Fort Meyer, Va. Inscribed on the back of the Tomb are the words “Here rests in honored glory
an American soldier known but to God.” Today, the site also honors unknown soldiers from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
This bill would authorize the issuance of 100,000 $1 coins in honor of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’s upcoming centennial in 2021, and the minting will not result in any net cost to the United States government. A per-coin surcharge would also benefit
the National World War I Museum and Memorial for the purposes of assisting in commemorating the centennial.
As the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier nears 100 years of silent devotion to those nameless heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation, Congress should act to signify this rich legacy through a commemorative coin, which will in turn further
this measure of devotion.
Rep. Brad Wenstrup Rep. Don Beyer
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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