H.R. 360: Urging all Americans and people of all nationalities to visit the national cemeteries, memorials, and markers on Memorial Day

H.R. 360

Urging all Americans and people of all nationalities to visit the national cemeteries, memorials, and markers on Memorial Day

Sponsor
Rep. Phil Roe

Date
May 19, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact

Floor Situation

H.Res. 360 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. David P. Roe (R-TN) April 24, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 360 would resolve that Congress:

"Strongly urges Americans and people of all nationalities to visit national cemeteries, memorials, and markers on Memorial Day, where the spirit of American generosity, sacrifice, and courage are displayed and commemorated."

Background

According to the resolution's findings, the National Cemetery Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs maintains 128 national cemeteries that serve as the final resting place for nearly 3,000,000 veterans and their dependents. Each year, millions of Americans visit the national cemeteries, memorials, and markers. Overseas sites annually recognize Memorial Day with speeches, a reading of the Memorial Day Proclamation, wreath laying ceremonies, military bands and units, and the decoration of each grave site with the flag of the United States and that of the host country, and these splendid commemorative sites inspire patriotism, evoke gratitude, and teach history.