The American Legion Endorses Thompson's Mare Island Cemetery Bill
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that The American Legion has endorsed his bill to transfer control of the Mare Island Cemetery in Vallejo to the Department of Veterans Affairs so it can be maintained for future generations. The American Legion is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization with over 2 million members at 13,000 posts across the globe.
“The final resting place for more than 800 of our fallen heroes, the Mare Island Cemetery should stand as a sanctuary for our veterans. That is why I am working to ensure it can be restored and maintained for generations to come and why I am humbled to have the support of The American Legion for my bill to transfer control from the city of Vallejo to the VA,” said Thompson. “Working together, we will find a solution to maintain this beautiful haven for our veterans.”
“Showing respect to the dead that served our country is one of the most important things we can do. The Mare Island Naval Cemetery holds the graves of many veterans to include three Medal of Honor recipients,” said Denise Rohan, National Commander of The American Legion. “The two million members of The American Legion wholeheartedly support moving this facility to the care of the National Cemetery Administration and thank Rep. Thompson for his leadership.”
H.R. 5588 directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to seek out an agreement with the City of Vallejo, under which the city would transfer control of the Mare Island Naval Cemetery to the VA. The cemetery would specifically be placed under the purview of the National Cemetery Administration. The VA would pay no fee to acquire the land, but would assume the obligation of maintaining the cemetery in the future. Click here for the full text of the bill. This legislation is also endorsed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), the U.S. Navy League, and thousands of veterans across the country.
Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties. He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Thompson is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and chairs the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force as well as the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus.