WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday evening, President Barack Obama signed Congresswoman Kay Granger’s (TX-12) Monuments Men Recognition Act into law officially awarding the Monuments Men of World War II with the Congressional Gold Medal; Congress’ highest recognition for distinguished achievements and contributions.
“I am profoundly grateful that the legacy of the Monuments Men will now forever be honored and recognized by the United States. What started out as one of the greatest untold stories from World War II has become a celebrated chapter in our nation’s history,” said Granger. “We were reminded this past weekend how special the men and women are who make up the Greatest Generation and all the extraordinary sacrifices they made on our behalf. This generation of heroes is more than deserving of all the honors they have received and I am proud this gold medal can now be added to the list of recognitions of their distinguished service.”
“It is fitting that President Obama has signed legislation awarding the Monuments Men with the Congressional Gold Medal just days after the 70th anniversary of the historic D-Day landings. The Monuments Men serving alongside troops fighting in Italy, and followed the brave men that fought their way onto the Normandy beaches during that epic battle. These scholar-soldiers were a new kind of warrior, tasked by Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower with preserving as much of the artistic and cultural beauty of western civilization as war allowed. Two would eventually lose their lives in this effort. Today we recognize their service to mankind, a model that should guide us in all future conflicts,” said Robert Edsel. Edsel is the Founder and President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, and author of three non-fiction books on the topic including, Rescuing Da Vinci, The Monuments Men and Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis.