President Signs Inhofe Legislation to Commemorate End of WWII

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised the enactment of S. 3661, the 75th Anniversary of World War II Commemoration Act yesterday. This legislation establishes a commemorative program to honor veterans, educate the public about the history of World War II, highlight the service of the men and women who served our nation on the home front during the war, recognize the contributions of our allies and remember the horrors of the Holocaust.

“We owe it to the veterans of World War II to recognize their service to this great nation and I applaud the president for doing exactly that by signing this bill into law,” Inhofe said. “With the signing of  the 75th Anniversary of World War II Commemoration Act, we not only have the opportunity to pay homage to the selfless sacrifice the Greatest Generation made in World War II, but we allow for the needed education of current and future generations about the war’s heroes and history.”

 The legislation was praised by key stakeholders:

“The enactment into law of S. 3661, the 75th Anniversary of World War II Commemoration Act, will help make certain that our nation recognizes the 75th anniversary of the ending of World War II in a manner befitting the spirit and sacrifice of the American people both at home and abroad during the war,” said Pete Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. “Senator Inhofe sponsored S.3661 and led a bipartisan coalition of Senators Reed (D-RI), Rounds (R-SD), Peters (D-MI), Heller (R-NV), and Duckworth (D-IL) in securing Senate passage.  His leadership on S.3661 was extraordinary.  As a member of the World War II Arsenal of Democracy Executive Committee, I look forward to also working with Senator Inhofe and other members of Congress on the WWII Aircraft Flyover of National Mall scheduled for May 8, 2020 (VE Day) to honor our veterans and our nation’s leadership in aviation and manufacturing.”

“On behalf of all the members of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), I’d like to thank Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), and all the other elected officials who came together to pass the 75th Anniversary of World War II Commemoration Act,” said Mark Baker president and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. “Aviation played a pivotal role in the war effort, and AOPA is proud to participate in the Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol FlyoverWhen Americans young and old look skyward during the anniversary celebrations, they’ll be reminded of the bravery, selflessness, and ingenuity that defined the Greatest Generation.”

“The Friends of the National World War II Memorial offers its heartfelt appreciation to our Congress and President for recognizing the importance in formally marking the 75th anniversary of World War II and paying tribute to our ‘Greatest Generation’,” said Holly Rotondi, Executive Director of the Friends of the National World War II Memorial. “A special thanks to Senator James Inhofe for his unwavering leadership in ensuring the success of this significant legislation and helping to honor and preserve the national memory of World War II.”