ByÂ Tom Howell Jr.-The Washington Times
Officials in the District are accustomed to askingÂ CongressÂ for full voting rights on behalf of the cityâ€™s 600,000 residents or for greater control of city finances – and getting no satisfaction.
So when members ofÂ CongressÂ proposed the â€œnationalizationâ€ of the District ofÂ Columbia World War I MemorialÂ â€” the only memorial on the Mall exclusively forÂ D.C.Â veterans â€” city officials did not jump to support the plan.
â€œTheÂ District of Columbia MemorialÂ is for the people of the District of Columbia and it will never be otherwise,â€ DelegateÂ Eleanor Holmes Norton, the Districtâ€™s nonvoting member ofÂ Congress, said Monday.
She made the comment a day before theÂ House Natural Resources subcommitteeÂ on national parks, forests and public lands is scheduled to consider a bill that would rededicate the cityâ€™s memorial as the District of Columbia andÂ National World War I Memorial.
The bill, introduced byÂ Rep. Ted Poe, Texas Republican, and a companion bill byÂ Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, West Virginia Democrat, also would rededicate the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., as the National World War I Museum and Memorial.
No national memorial to the â€œgreat warâ€ has been built on the Mall, and a 2003 law essentially bans new memorials on the strip of federal land. The Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King,Â Jr. National Memorialdedicated in October marked the end of large-scale construction.
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