WASHINGTON — The fight for a national World War I memorial in the nation’s capital will continue in the new year.
Legislation sent by Congress to President Obama calls for creating a commission to plan for activities to commemorate the centennial of the Great War.
A bill approved earlier by the House called for a national memorial in Washington but the provision was stripped out by the Senate. The final measure was approved by the House on Monday.
David DeJonge, president and co-founder of the WWI Memorial Foundation, said he hopes that a national memorial in Washington will be considered in the next Congress. "We are encouraged that America has taken a step towards recognizing the veterans of WWI" with the creation of the commission, he said.