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Dear Friends and Fellow Historians, Historic preservation has to have grass roots support. I wanted to bring some proposed legislation of interest to battlefield and military site preservation for your information, and to encourage your support for the initiatives. Representatives and Senators are always seeking constituent approbation on bills they support. All those listed below are currently being considered by lawmakers at the committee level. The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail Act: House of Representatives resolution HR 1286 and Senate bill S 686. This legislation will designate the route and extant historic sites significant to the strategic redeployment of the Franco-American coalition armies from Rhode Island and New York to the Virginia Peninsula in 1781, resulting in the victory at Yorktown, as a National Historic Trail. Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Protection Act: HR 160 This legislation will establish a grant program to assist state, local and tribal government agencies, and private non-profit organizations to acquire battlefield land for preservation. Currently, only Civil War battlefields benefit from this kind of legislation. Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefields Commemoration Coin Act: HR 158. This legislation will authorize the Treasury Department to mint commemorative coins for sale as numismatic items, the surcharges for which will help raise the acquisition funds. War of 1812 and Star Spangled Banner Bicentennial Commemoration Commission Act: HR 1389 and S 798. This bill will create a national federal-level commission to plan and coordinate events marking the significant bicentennial observances, and direct appropriate federal agencies to participate with state and local governments and private organizations. Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Designation Act: HR 1388 and S 797 This legislation will designate the trail and extant historic sites as a National Historic Trail. Thanks. Best Regards, Glenn Glenn F. Williams Army Commemoration Office US Army Center of Military History 103 Third Ave, Bldg. 35 Fort Lesley J. McNair, DC 20319-5058 Voice: 202-685-4117 FAX: 202-685-2081 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org "The Fate of Unborn Millions Now Depends, Under God, on the Courage and Conduct of the Army" - George Washington, August 1776 Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE