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house Bill H.R. 1424

Should Fallen Soldier Displays be Allowed in National Cemeteries?

Argument in favor

Battlefield crosses are an important part of military culture and mourning for fallen soldiers that dates back to the Civil War. Their presence in national cemeteries should be not just allowed, but even encouraged to honor the dead and help the living. Congress should clarify VA policy to prevent any future confusion.

jimK's Opinion
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11/12/2019
Yes, they should not only be permitted, they should be encouraged. This is a matter of honor for the life lost in service to the rest of us as well as to the family who lost a loved one. If legislation is needed to emphasize this or if no legislation is needed- it is still the right and proper thing to do.
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Sylva's Opinion
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11/12/2019
Why not? Those vets have their own ideas and displays so let them alone. Who is anyone to say it’s not ‘right’?
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Lukas's Opinion
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11/10/2019
If this is already being voted on, why not let it go through so there is no more mix up. Let battlefield crosses be allowed and have that in writing.
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Argument opposed

There’s no need for this bill, as existing VA policy already allows battlefield crosses and fallen soldier displays in national cemeteries. The incident that led to this bill’s introduction was a misinterpretation of VA policy, and has already been corrected.

Constance's Opinion
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11/12/2019
These displays should be reserved for ceremonial and spontaneous memorials as is the tradition. The simple, clean, uncluttered uniformity of our national cemeteries is one factor that conveys the gravity of conflict and solemnizes the impact of their sacrifice and our nation's loss.
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denali's Opinion
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11/12/2019
This is a fake bill for political reasons. Quit using our veterans as props. They are already allowed.
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Paula's Opinion
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11/12/2019
Already exists with the VA..USELESS BILL..
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate Passed on a voice vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The house Passed on a voice vote
      house Committees
      Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 28th, 2019
    Yes, they should not only be permitted, they should be encouraged. This is a matter of honor for the life lost in service to the rest of us as well as to the family who lost a loved one. If legislation is needed to emphasize this or if no legislation is needed- it is still the right and proper thing to do.
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    These displays should be reserved for ceremonial and spontaneous memorials as is the tradition. The simple, clean, uncluttered uniformity of our national cemeteries is one factor that conveys the gravity of conflict and solemnizes the impact of their sacrifice and our nation's loss.
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    Why not? Those vets have their own ideas and displays so let them alone. Who is anyone to say it’s not ‘right’?
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    This is a fake bill for political reasons. Quit using our veterans as props. They are already allowed.
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    Already exists with the VA..USELESS BILL..
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    If this is already being voted on, why not let it go through so there is no more mix up. Let battlefield crosses be allowed and have that in writing.
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    We need to respect and remember the Veterans and Soldiers who have fallen in the line of duty
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    I think this would clear up ambiguous language in current legislation. It is a symbol that honors all who have given their lives, regardless of religious affiliation.
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    Why would anyone not allow this?
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    It is right to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
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    First off the staff member that removed the display should be removed from their position. It was because of a weapon that those who lie in honored glory are there. Second this shouldn’t need to be proposed in congress it should be automatic.
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    Remember when our president made of of our Gold Star family or when he made fun of John McCain for being a P.O.W. How about when he chose a miseries dictator over our own men and women in uniform or best one. How about when he pulled our troops out of an ongoing fight against ISIS with a tweet. Leaving our Kurdish allies to be slaughtered and leaving our troops to very hastily and un safely finish the mission to get Baghdadi that was made possible by those same Kurdish allies. Good times.
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    Why the hell is this even an issue????
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    There’s literally zero reason this shouldn’t just be not allowed but it should most certainly be how ALL soldiers resting places be marked. Always. Period. LIKE MY TAKE? GIVE ME A FOLLOW
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    Why is this even a question? Of course they should be allowed.
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    I am a veteran of 24 years of service. These types of displays are already allowed. There is no need to waste time or money on this bill. Term limits for Congress and Senate.
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    We owe every possible honor to the brave soldiers who gave their lives for their country!
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    Let’s instead end our wars of Empire and choice, significantly cut funding for our bloated and war criminal military, bring our soldiers home and not have to fill our cemeteries with their bodies.
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    These cemeteries are not sites for billboards supporting some fashionable cause. They’re holier than that.
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    Yes, this is appropriate if cemeteries choose to erect a statue as a memorial to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
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