We’re living through historic times. Between the coronavirus pandemic, current protest movements and the upcoming election, we have an opportunity to think about how this moment fits into our historical narrative and also consider past generations.

As a history teacher, I see how my students are interested in recent history and how our world was shaped by the collective experience of World War II. The stories of the everyday men and women who served show the relevance of history and instill in students values of civic engagement and community service.

In 2017, I attended the Friends of the National World War II Memorial Teachers Conference. Every summer, Friends brings teachers from around the country to Washington, D.C., to explore a wealth of World War II history resources and tools aimed at educating current and future generations about the men and women who won the war and reshaped America.

The best part of the conference comes in the year after, during which teachers complete a community service project with students. Through our service to the Battleship Texas Foundation, I was able to teach my students that their individual action can positively impact their community, and that the values of our Greatest Generation are still relevant today.

The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, the more than 400,000 who died and the millions who supported the war effort from home. The memorial reminds more than 5 million visitors each year of the spirit, sacrifice and commitment of the American people to the common defense of the nation. It also reaches beyond the physical to provides powerful classroom imagery that inspires learning for students.

The memorial is 16 years old and in dire need of repair. This important monument must survive for succeeding generations. U.S. Rep Marcy Kaptur has introduced bipartisan legislation to help preserve and repair the National World War II Memorial. H.R. 4681 would have the U.S. Treasury mint coins in commemoration of the memorial.

Proceeds from sale of the coins will go to the Friends of the National World War II Memorial for maintenance, repair and educational programs. The bill has 115 cosponsors, but it needs at least 290 House cosponsors before it can be considered for a vote.

I’m calling for U.S. Rep. Randy Weber to cosponsor this important bill. Without it, the National Park Service, which is already dealing with a $12 million backlog nationwide, will have to pay for the much needed repairs. This bill will raise private dollars, saving millions in taxpayer money and preserving this important monument.

One of the greatest lessons I hope to instill in my students is that of civic engagement and community service. What better way to serve our nation than by preserving and repairing this important memorial that reminds us to honor and remember the men and women who served during World War II?

This memorial stands as an important symbol of national unity and all that we can accomplish when we are bonded together in a common and just cause. It is our responsibility to protect it so that future generations will not forget.

Karyn Cabana is an advanced placement U.S. history teacher at Clear Falls High School in League City.

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Carlos Ponce

H.R. 4681 has been stuck since October 15, 2019 in the House Committee on Financial Services. The Bill has 124 cosponsors including Texans Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX-18], Rep. Kay Granger [R-TX-12], Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX-28] and

Rep. Pete Olson [R-TX-22]. Another co-sponsor will not move the bill along any quicker. Action from the chairwoman will.

The House Committee on Financial Services is chaired by Maxine Waters. She has to move the bill to a committee vote before Randy Weber (not a member on this committee) can vote on it.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/4681

Gary Scoggin

Does Rep Waters have a particular objection to the bill or is just not on her radar? I don't see anything particularly nefarious in it.

Carlos Ponce

The congresslady is inept. She should never have been placed in charge of this committee.

Gary Scoggin

No argument here. I was wondering if the bill is held up because she doesn’t like it or because it’s just lost in the shuffle.

Paul Sivon

I prefer congress focus on fixing and improving the present and the future. Stop all these kind of endeavors, there are pressing issues to deal with.

Gary Scoggin

I don't mind these things. It gives our representatives something to do while they are doing nothing else but argue.

Jim Forsythe

04/25/2018--Senate-- Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

04/24/2018-5:06pm--House-- Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

04/24/2018-5:06pm --House-- On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H3470-3472)

04/24/2018-4:48pm--House-- DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4681.

04/24/2018-4:48pm--House--Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H3470-3474)

04/24/2018-4:48pm--House--Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

03/15/2018--House--Committee Agreed to Seek Consideration Under Suspension of the Rules, by Unanimous Consent.

03/15/2018--House--Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Unanimous Consent.

Action By: Committee on Foreign Affairs

03/15/2018--House--Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.

Action By: Committee on Foreign Affairs

12/19/2017--House--Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

12/19/2017--House--Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

12/19/2017--House--Introduced in House

Carlos Ponce

Jim you're writing about H.R. 4681 from the 115th Congress (2017-2018): The "No Assistance for Assad Act".

The article is about H.R. 4681 from the current 116th Congress (2019-2020):"National World War II Memorial Commemorative Coin Act "

Same number, completely different bill.

Only TWO actions taken:

10/15/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

10/15/2019 Introduced in House

That's okay, Jim. Biden makes mistakes too.

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