Boxer Praises Senate Passage of the Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today praised the Senate’s passage of the Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial Act, bipartisan legislation that designates the Distinguished Flying Cross Memorial at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California, as a national memorial to recognize members of our Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves by heroism in aerial flight.

The Senate passed the measure last night by unanimous consent. The House passed the bill by voice vote in October, so the measure now goes to President Obama for his signature.

“I applaud the Senate for passing this bill to designate the Distinguished Flying Cross Memorial in Riverside as a national memorial,” Senator Boxer said. “This designation will honor the courageous military aviators in California, and across the country, who have served with valor and distinction.”

The bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House by Representatives Ken Calvert (R-CA-42) and Mark Takano (D-CA-41). Senator Boxer introduced the bill in the Senate, and it was successfully voted out of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in May 2013. The Senate bill is cosponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Bill Nelson (D-FL).

The memorial honors recipients of the military’s oldest aviation award, which is given to Americans who have performed acts of “heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight.” Since the Distinguished Flying Cross was established by Congress in 1926, tens of thousands of Americans have received the honor, including a number of American men and women serving our nation in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The legislation has the support of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society, the Military Officers Association of America, the Air Force Association, the Air Force Sergeants Association, the Association of Naval Aviation, the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association and the China Burma Indian Veterans Association.

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