Portman, Brown Introduce Fallen Warrior Battlefield Cross Memorial Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the Fallen Warrior Battlefield Cross Memorial Act, legislation that would prevent the Department of Veterans Affairs from denying veterans the honor they have earned by allowing 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) has introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.
“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 2016 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 Congressman 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.