(Image: A dog tag chain is placed around the statue on the Fallen Warrior Memorial, May 24, 2012, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. JEFF W. GATES/U.S. AIR FORCE, From: Stars and Stripes)
On Tuesday, January 7, 2020, the President signed into law H.R. 1424, the “Fallen Warrior Battlefield Cross Memorial Act,” which requires the Veterans Administration (VA) to permit the display of the “Fallen Soldier Display” in national cemeteries.
The genesis for the law came about in September, 2017, when the VA removed a stone depiction of a Battlefield Memorial Cross from the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. The memorial had been set up by a local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) chapter.
The removal of the memorial caused an outcry from local veterans and elected officials. Although the memorial was eventually replaced, legislation (H.R. 1424) was introduced that, once enacted, would prohibit the VA from removing such monuments.
This is the legislation that President Trump signed on Tuesday, January 7.