Obama at Arlington FOR GALLERY.
(photo credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
A memorial commemorating US Jewish chaplains who died in battle will be erected
at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, Congress decided on Thursday
“This memorial will be a fitting commemoration of 13 chaplains who
have made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation,” bill sponsor
Sen. Charles Schumer said.
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“Every day, military chaplains risk
their own safety and security to provide essential support to our deployed
service members. Those who have lost their lives in the line of service deserve
our highest respect, and I am so pleased that we were able to pass this
legislation through the Senate.”
The legislation is the culmination of a
three-year effort by the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Welfare
Board, the Jewish Chaplains Council of the JCC Association of America and dozens
of other national and local organizations that lobbied US elected officials to
pass the bill.
“With congressional approval, we are eager to begin
construction of the memorial to these fallen heroes and look forward to visiting
Chaplains Hill in Arlington National Cemetery in the near future to pay tribute
to them and their contributions to our nation’s history,” said William Daroff,
director of the Jewish Federations’ Washington office.
unanimously okayed the bill after it had already received the approval of the
House of Representatives.
Established after the Civil War on the grounds
of Arlington House, formerly the estate of the family of Confederate Gen. Robert
E. Lee’s wife Mary Anna (Custis) Lee, Arlington National Cemetery is the burial
ground of 300,000 members of the US armed forces.