WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) applauded the Senate’s passage of S. 167 – legislation to designate the Memorial to Fallen Educators at Emporia State University (ESU) as a national memorial. Sen. Moran introduced this legislation in January of this year.
“Our country’s educators play an integral role in shaping the next generations of Americans, and their hard work and dedication to their students too often goes unrecognized,” said Sen. Moran. “The Memorial to Fallen Educators, which is located on the Emporia State University campus, commemorates the sacrifices made by educators who have lost their lives while performing their jobs. The Senate’s passage of my legislation to give the memorial status as a National Memorial will make certain it continues to recognize fallen educators whose passion and commitment to their students have benefitted us all.”
The ESU Campus is home to the Memorial to Fallen Educators in conjunction with the National Teacher Hall of Fame (NTHF). The memorial lists the names of educators since 1764 who have lost their lives around the nation while working with students. The memorial, which was dedicated in June 2014, is built and paid for.
Sen. Moran’s legislation carries no cost to taxpayers, instead directing that the memorial continue to be owned and cared for by the NTHF and ESU, with private funds used for maintenance, while also having the prestige of a national memorial.
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