This afternoon, the House approved my legislation to award the men and women known as the Monuments Men with the Congressional Gold Medal. This recognition is Congress’ highest honor for distinguished achievements and contributions.
During, and after, World War II this special military unit was tasked with helping to locate works of art confiscated by the Nazis and return them to their rightful owners. They were able to locate, preserve, and return almost five million cultural items, including many of the world’s greatest works of art.
Today, there are only six surviving members of the Monuments Men. And, as Memorial Day approaches, I believe the veterans who participated in these daring missions are certainty worthy and deserving of the recognition of Congress’ highest expression of appreciation.
Honoring the work of the Monuments Men has been a long-term effort of mine going back to 2006 when I first learned the remarkable untold story of this group of World War II soldiers. I am proud that their contributions will now be forever remembered and recognized by the United States.
Member of Congress
P.S. To watch my remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives from earlier today, click here.