WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill establishing a memorial for U.S. soldiers who lost their lives in the Pacific during World War II, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by unanimous consent Thursday.

H.R. 4300, the Admiral Lloyd R. “Joe” Vasey Pacific War Commemorative Act, was introduced by Congresswoman Hanabusa and Congressman Rob Bishop, the Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources. 

“This memorial will help tell the stories of the members of the greatest generation who lost their lives in combat in the Pacific. Their experiences cannot be forgotten and we must educate future generations about this pivotal moment in American history. We must also provide a place where families and friends can mourn the loss of their loved ones. I would like to thank my colleagues for their support and I urge the Senate to quickly consider and pass this measure,” said Congresswoman Hanabusa.

“Rep. Hanabusa has worked to build bipartisan support on this important bill to honor America’s veterans of the Pacific Theatre.  Today’s vote demonstrates broad support for this legislation, and I look forward to working with Rep. Hanabusa and our Senate colleagues to move this bill to the President’s desk,” Chairman Bishop said.

The Admiral Lloyd R. “Joe” Vasey Pacific War Commemorative Display Establishment Act directs the National Park Service and the non-profit Pacific Historic Parks to create the memorial. The memorial was proposed by Admiral Vasey, a World War II veteran who served in the Pacific Theater. Senator Brian Schatz is a cosponsor of the Senate bill.

Congresswoman Hanabusa also delivered remarks on the measure on the House floor this morning on the 76th anniversary of Imperial Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. View her remarks here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4696638/congresswoman-hanabusa-speaks-establishment-pacific-war-memorial

A similar bill is circulating in the Senate. Senator Mazie K. Hirono introduced the Admiral Lloyd R. “Joe” Vasey Pacific War Commemorative Display Establishment Act, which would establish a memorial at Pearl Harbor honoring the service of World War II veterans who served in the Pacific Theater. The bill is the Senate companion to legislation introduced in the U.S. Representative Hanabusa.

“As we mark the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we honor the brave veterans who defended our country on December 7, 1941 and all who served in World War II,” said Senator Hirono. “Establishing a memorial to their dedicated service at Pearl Harbor is a fitting tribute to their sacrifice, and I thank Representative Hanabusa for her leadership on this issue.”

Pacific Historic Parks, a non-profit organization based in Honolulu, will design and build the memorial in coordination with the National Park Service. This project will not require federal funds.