Portman, Brown Applaud Senate Passage of Fallen Warrior Battlefield Cross Memorial Act

December 20, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded the Senate passage of the Fallen Warrior Battlefield Cross Memorial Act, legislation that allows fallen heroes to be honored at their gravesite with a replica of the Battlefield Cross. The Battlefield Cross is a memorial marker typically consisting of a soldier’s helmet, rifle, identification tag, and pair of boots that serves to honor and respect servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Representative Anthony Gonzalez’ (R-OH) companion legislation passed the House of Representatives in November. The legislation now heads to the president’s desk for signature.

“The Battlefield Cross is an important symbol of the service and sacrifice of thousands of fallen American heroes both in combat zones and here at home,” said Portman. “I am pleased the Senate passed this legislation to help ensure that veterans buried in Ohio and around the country can be properly honored with the Battlefield Cross. These memorials stand as a constant reminder of the cost of our freedom and I urge the president to sign this legislation quickly.”

“The Battlefield Cross is a sacred tradition of American servicemembers, and government bureaucracy shouldn’t keep Ohio veterans and their families from honoring those who served with this powerful symbol,” said Brown. “Let’s ensure that this tribute can continue at all national veterans’ cemeteries.”

NOTE: The legislation responds to a 2017 incident at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery (OWRNC) in Rittman, Ohio, where OWRNC administrators infuriated veterans by removing a Battlefield Cross replica from the cemetery. The replica was replaced soon after Portman and former Congressman Jim, Renacci’s (R-OH) office got involved. The measure is supported by the entire Ohio congressional delegation. Text of the bill can be found here.