United States Senate passes bill to create memorial at Pearl Harbor

United States Senate passes bill to create memorial at Pearl Harbor

WASHINGTON D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - The United States Senate voted unanimously on Monday to pass a bill that would establish a memorial at Pearl Harbor, to honor World War II veterans who served in the Pacific Theater.

The bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Mazie K. Hirono and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, is called the Admiral Lloyd R. "Joe" Vasey Pacific War Commemorative Display Establishment Act. Sen. Brian Schatz and 90 other members of the Senate co-sponsored the bill.

The memorial's creation will be a joint effort by The National Park Service and Pacific Historic Parks. The memorial was originally proposed by Admiral Lloyd R. Vasey, a World War II veteran who served in the Pacific Theater.

"Admiral Joe Vasey dedicated his life to serving our country and worked tirelessly to establish a memorial to pay tribute to his fellow veterans of the Pacific Theater during World War II," Hirono said.

"Admiral Vasey passed away only a short time before we were able to pass this legislation, but the bill that bears his name is a fitting tribute to his life of service and the sacrifice so many Americans made to win the war in the Pacific."

The bill is now on its way to the president for his signature.

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