S 1235

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 1235

To recognize the memorial at the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida, as the official national memorial of Navy SEALS and their predecessors.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 20 (legislative day, June 16), 2011

Mr. RUBIO introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


A BILL

To recognize the memorial at the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida, as the official national memorial of Navy SEALS and their predecessors.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. RECOGNITION OF NAVY UDT-SEAL MEMORIAL IN FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA, AS OFFICIAL NATIONAL MEMORIAL OF NAVY SEALS AND THEIR PREDECESSORS.

    (a) Findings- Congress finds the following:

      (1) The United States Navy SEALs are the most elite fighting force in the world and bravely serve in combat operations around the World.

      (2) The Navy SEALs trace their roots from the Navy Frogmen of World War II.

      (3) The location in Fort Pierce, Florida, recognized as the birthplace of the Navy Frogmen, where thousands of brave volunteers were trained as members of Naval Combat Demolition Units and Underwater Demolition Teams during World War II, is now home to the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum.

      (4) The Navy UDT-SEAL Memorial located at the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is the only memorial dedicated solely to preserving the history of the Navy SEALs and its predecessors, including the Underwater Demolition Teams, Naval Combat Demolition Units, and Amphibious Scouts and Raiders.

      (5) The finances, operations, and collections of the Navy UDT-SEAL Memorial are managed by UDT-SEAL Museum Association, Inc., a nonprofit organization governed by current and former SEALs and UDTs.

      (6) The Navy UDT-SEAL Memorial preserves the legacy of the honor, courage, patriotism, and sacrifices of those Navy SEALs and their predecessors who offered their services and who gave their lives in defense of liberty.

      (7) The Navy UDT-SEAL Memorial recognizes and honors (by name) Navy SEALs and their predecessors who have given their life in the line of duty.

      (8) The State of Florida, St. Lucie County, Florida, thousands of private donors, and philanthropic organizations have contributed millions of dollars to build, restore, and expand the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum.

      (9) The United States Navy and the United States Special Operations Command have provided many of the historical materials and artifacts on display at the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum.

    (b) Recognition of National Memorial- The Navy UDT-SEAL Memorial located at the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum at 3300 North A1A, North Hutchinson Island, in Fort Pierce, Florida, is recognized as the official national memorial of Navy SEALs and their predecessors.

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