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Bill to designate Wilmington an ‘American World War II City’ moves forward

Via Star News Online

WILMINGTON — A bill that would designate at least one U.S. city each year as an “American World War II City,” with the first being Wilmington, passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week, according to a news release from U.S. Rep. David Rouzer, R-N.C.

Cities would be designated based on contributions to the war effort and by preserving the history of World War II, according to the release.

“The city of Wilmington was a vital and strategic location during World War II and was critical in supporting and winning the war,” Rouzer said in a statement.

The congressman thanked Wilmington resident and historian Wilbur Jones for his efforts in pushing Wilmington to be recognized as the country’s first World War II city.

A bill containing similar language passed the House in 2013. The latest bill now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration.