Wilk War on Terror Memorial bill passes committee

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Scott Wilk, R – Antelope Valley, announced that the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization has unanimously passed Senate Bill 1452, a bill aimed at creating an official state memorial for those Californians who have fallen fighting in support of the Global War on Terror. 

“The committee’s decision today was an encouraging sign for California’s bravest men and women, their families and friends that the sacrifices of those who paid the ultimate price may soon be eternally memorialized” said Wilk. “Nearly 800 of Californians have given their lives on the battlefields of the Middle East since September 11. This bill is the first step toward creating a memorial to forever recognize these warriors and to display the gratitude we all have for their selfless sacrifice in the name of freedom.”

The bill will create a committee of experts to study the best practices for the development, funding and construction of a War on Terror memorial in the State Capitol Park; the first step in a process that mirrors the successful pathway taken by in establishing memorials for veterans of Vietnam, firefighters and police.

“Memorializing these brave California heroes is the least we can do and I am proud that the committee has recognized the importance of this step with their votes. There is no denying that these Californians paid the greatest price for us all and that their actions are deserving of our highest appreciation, respect and, certainly, of a memorial in our State Capitol Park.”

Senate Bill 1452 will next be heard in the Senate Committee on Appropriations before moving on to the Senate Floor for a full vote of the house.