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Greatest Generation Commemorative Coin Act Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and U.S. Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) announced their bipartisan legislation has been signed into law. The Greatest Generation Commemorative Coin Act authorizes the U.S. Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Proceeds from coin sales will go toward much-needed repairs and maintenance to the memorial at no cost to taxpayers.

“The World War II Memorial recognizes the tremendous sacrifices made by our Greatest Generation,” said Rounds. “They put their ordinary lives on hold to step into numerous roles defending our country. Whether at home or abroad, their selfless efforts made an unmatched impact on our generation and generations to follow. I am pleased this bill was signed into law so future generations will remember and honor the courageous heroes that came before them.”

“Our bipartisan bill signifies the commitment of lawmakers and leaders to honor the heroic veterans who fought in WWII and to ensure they will not be forgotten,” said Shaheen. “The National World War II Memorial is a testament to the tremendous sacrifices made by our Greatest Generation, and stands as a crucial reminder of what the sons and daughters of America did to rid our world of tyranny. I’m proud to have led the bipartisan push with Senator Rounds to restore this memorial so Americans can continue to have a public place to honor and remember the brave individuals who served, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.”

“With the signing into law of the Greatest Generation Commemorative Coin Act, we continue our bipartisan work to honor the National World War II Memorial and preserve it for years to come,” said Kaptur. “The Greatest Generation commemorative coin will stand the test of time – representing America’s enduring gratitude for the millions of brave servicemembers who answered the call to defend Liberty when our nation and the world needed them most.”

The Greatest Generation Commemorative Coin Act unanimously passed both the Senate and the House in July. Beginning in 2024, the coins will be sold to the public. Proceeds from the sale of the coins will be used by the Friends of the National World War II Memorial, in partnership with the National Park Service, to perform necessary maintenance and repair work at the memorial and provide enhanced educational and commemorative programming for the millions of people who visit annually. 

Read the bill text that was signed into law HERE


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