S 1239112th CONGRESS
To provide for
a medal of appropriate design to be awarded by the President to the memorials
established at the 3 sites honoring the men and women who perished as a result
of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.IN
THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 21 (legislative
day, June 16), 2011
Mr. CASEY (for himself and Mr. TOOMEY) introduced
the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking,
Housing, and Urban Affairs
provide for a medal of appropriate design to be awarded by the President to the
memorials established at the 3 sites honoring the men and women who perished as
a result of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of
the United States of America in Congress assembled,
1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Fallen Heroes of
SEC. 2. CONGRESSIONAL FINDINGS.
(1) the tragic deaths at the World Trade Center,
at the Pentagon, and in rural Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001, have forever
changed our Nation;
(2) the officers, emergency workers,
and other employees of State and local government agencies, including the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey, and of the United States government and
others, who responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City
and perished as a result of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 (including
those who are missing and presumed dead), took heroic and noble action on that
(3) the officers, emergency rescue workers, and
employees of local and United States government agencies, who responded to the
attack on the Pentagon in Washington, DC, took heroic and noble action to evacuate
the premises and prevent further casualties of Pentagon employees;
(4) the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93, recognizing the imminent
danger that the aircraft that they were aboard posed to large numbers of innocent
men, women and children, American institutions, and the symbols of American democracy,
took heroic and noble action to ensure that the aircraft could not be used as
a weapon; and
(5) given the unprecedented nature of the
attacks against the United States of America and the need to properly demonstrate
the support of the country for those who lost their lives to terrorism, it is
fitting that their sacrifice be recognized with the award of an appropriate medal.
3. FALLEN HEROES OF 9/11 CONGRESSIONAL MEDALS.
Authorized- The President is authorized, on behalf of Congress, to award a medal
of appropriate design, such medal to be known as the `Fallen Heroes of 9/11 Congressional
(1) the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania;
(2) the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York; and
(3) the Pentagon Memorial at the Pentagon.
(1) IN GENERAL- For purposes of the presentations
referred to in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Treasury (in this Act referred
to as the `Secretary') shall strike 3 designs of medals, with such suitable emblems,
devices, and inscriptions as the Secretary determines to be appropriate to be
representative of and in honor of, respectively--
(A) those who lost their lives in the attack at the World Trade Center, including
civilians, public safety officers, emergency workers, and the passengers and crew
of American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175;
(B) the passengers and crew aboard United Airlines Flight 93 that was brought
down in rural Pennsylvania near Shanksville, Somerset County; and
(C) those who lost their lives at the Pentagon, including the passengers and crew
of American Airlines Flight 77.
Before making a final determination with respect to the design of the medals under
this subsection, the Secretary shall consult with the Secretary of Defense and
such other parties as the Secretary may determine to be appropriate.
(3) CONTENT OF MEDALS- The medals struck for purposes of subsection (a) shall
be gold medals.
SEC. 4. SALES OF DUPLICATE MEDALS TO THE PUBLIC
TO DEFRAY COSTS.
Under such regulations as the Secretary may prescribe,
the Secretary may strike and sell duplicates in bronze of the medals struck under
section 3, at a price that is at least sufficient to cover the costs thereof,
including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, and overhead expenses. Excess
funds from the sales of the duplicate medals will be distributed equally between
the 3 memorial sites referred to in section 3(a).
SEC. 5. NATIONAL
The medals struck pursuant to this Act are national medals
for purposes of chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code.