WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) today reintroduced the 75th Anniversary of the End of World War II Commemorative Coin Act. This is legislation to designate a commemorative coin in 2020 in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Allied victory in World War II. Proceeds from purchases of the coin will be used to preserve the legacy of WWII veterans at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
“Seventy-five years ago on D-Day, thousands of American troops bravely stormed the beaches of Normandy to begin the Allies’ path to defeat the Nazis and achieve victory in World War II,” said Whip Scalise. “Today with this legislation, Congressman Richmond and I are seeking to recognize those heroes from ‘The Greatest Generation,’ as well as every other American who contributed to our victory in the war by designating a commemorative coin in their honor, with the proceeds of the coin being used to preserve their legacy at the National World War II Museum. Seventy-five years after their sacrifices were made to preserve our freedoms, it is up to each of us to ensure that the torch of liberty continues to shine, and that those heroes are never forgotten.”
“Our World War II victory marked a turning point for our country,” said Rep. Richmond.“I’m proud to join my colleague and friend, Congressman Scalise, in reintroducing this legislation to honor our World War II veterans. This coin will serve as a token to remember the enduring sacrifices made at such a pivotal time in our nation’s history. I welcome natives and visitors alike to visit the National World War II Museum in New Orleans to learn more about this watershed moment.”
Background on Commemorative Coins:
Commemorative coins are produced by the U.S. Mint pursuant to an act of Congress. These coins are legal tender that celebrate and honor American people, places, events, and institutions. In order to receive a vote by the full U.S. House of Representatives, the legislation must have 290 co-sponsors. Congress may only authorize two coins per year.