Brown Supports Measure Asking Feds to Reopen Veterans Memorials
HARRISBURG – At a meeting of the Pennsylvania House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee held earlier today in Harrisburg, Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) voted in favor of House Resolution 503, a measure urging the president to reopen all national monuments and memorials dedicated to veterans.

The federal government has been shut down since Oct. 1. With that, the National Park Service, which is within the Interior Department, is charged with operating and maintaining the memorials. However, during the shutdown, the memorials have been closed and in some cases barricaded so that veterans cannot visit them.

“People across the country have felt the effects of the federal government’s shutdown, but our veterans should not be punished by having to keep their distance from monuments that were placed in their honor,” said Brown. “Turning a veteran away should never be an option.”

This resolution received bipartisan support and was unanimously passed out of the committee and sent to the House floor for full consideration.

“Our nation is fortunate to have men and women of all ages who have dedicated their lives to our country,” said Brown. “But this scenario has been especially heartbreaking for our older veterans who might have lost an opportunity to visit a memorial dedicated to them for the last time. It’s just not right and it shouldn’t be happening now or in the event of a future federal government shutdown.”

For more information on House Resolution 503, contact Brown’s district office located at 696 Seven Bridge Road, Suite 101, East Stroudsburg, by calling 570-420-8301. Information on legislative news can also be found on and on

Representative Rosemary M. Brown
189th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Krisinda Corbin
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