U.S. Army Infantry Coin Passes
The U.S. House passed
new legislation yesterday that would create a
silver dollar coin honoring the U.S. Army
Infantry, the National Infantry Museum and
The bill, H.R. 3229, entitled National Infantry
Museum and Soldier Center Commemorative Coin Act
would have the U.S. Mint issue 350,000 silver $1
coins in the year 2012.
The coin legislation has moved to the Senate.
Should it pass there and then receive
Presidential signature, the bill would become
law. The resulting commemorative coin would then
get designed to be:
"Emblematic of the courage, pride, sacrifice,
sense of duty, and history of the U.S. Infantry,
in commemoration of the legacy of the U.S. Army
Infantry and the establishment of the National
Infantry Museum and Soldier Center."
H.R. 3229 was introduced by Rep. Lynn A.
Westmoreland [R-GA] in July of 2007. It enjoyed
strong support with 290 cosponsors and passed
the House with a unanimous voice vote. In a
statement, Rep. Westmoreland said,
"For more than 200 years, our Infantry has
defended our lives and our freedom, and no
tribute can repay what these soldiers have given
their fellow Americans.
The Infantry coin itself is part of our
continuing efforts to honor those who served on
the front lines for this nation, and sales of
the coin will honor them in perpetuity by
creating an endowment that will fund the
maintenance of the National Infantry Museum at
Iím humbled to play a role in shining a
spotlight on these American heroes. The museum
is a great attraction for Columbus and sales of
this coin will go a long way toward its success
in the future."
Westmoreland also commended and thanked his
fellow Georgian, Rep. Sanford Bishop, Jr.
"Sanford played a critical role in getting this
bill to the floor and I could not have done it
without him. We both represent Columbus and
parts of Fort Benning. This was an example of
bipartisan teamwork to deliver something
positive for the base and the community and our
A $10 surcharge for the sale of each coin would
go to the National Infantry Foundation to
establish an endowment to support the
maintenance of the National Infantry Museum and