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UPDATE: ESU, NTHF officials pleased with national designation for Memorial to Fallen Educators

Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), right talked with ESU President Allison D. Garrett, center, and Carol Strickland, executive director of the National Teachers Hall of Fame, at the Memorial to Fallen Educators during a visit to the site in July 2017. Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), right talked with ESU President Allison D. Garrett, center, and Carol Strickland, executive director of the National Teachers Hall of Fame, at the Memorial to Fallen Educators during a visit to the site in July 2017. Photo by Will Austin/ESU.

After a couple years in the making, the Memorial to Fallen Educators now just needs a signature from President Donald Trump to become an official national memorial.


On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives advanced a bill mirroring the Senate bill to give the memorial, located at Emporia State University a national designation. National Teachers Hall of Fame Director Carol Strickland explains what the designation means for the memorial going forward.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) with bipartisan support from representatives from nine different states. ESU President Allison Garrett says she's proud to be a part of this historic occasion.

A rededication ceremony is scheduled for June 21 which will be a combined national designation ceremony with several dignitaries planning to attend. The facility honors better than 120 teachers, administrators and support staffers who have died protecting students from all forms of harm throughout our nation's history. Sadly, Strickland says additional names are being added to the memorial.



Congressman Marshall issued a statement following the bill's passage Monday saying "Educators devote their lives to preparing our children for life-long success and rewarding careers, it is so important to remember these men and women as the heroes that they truly are.”

 

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National designation appears to be coming very soon for the Memorial to Fallen Educators at Emporia State University.


Legislation which began in the U.S. Senate passed through the U.S. House of Representatives Monday and now heads to President Donald Trump's desk for final approval. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) with bipartisan support from representatives from nine different states.

Marshall issued a statement following the bill's passage Monday saying "Educators devote their lives to preparing our children for life-long success and rewarding careers, it is so important to remember these men and women as the heroes that they truly are.”

Sen. Jerry Moran also sponsored the bill in the Senate.

ESU President Allison Garrett also released a statement saying "We are grateful to Representative Marshall for sponsoring this bill through the House to get the Memorial to Fallen Educators designated as a national memorial."

The facility honors better than 120 teachers, administrators and support staffers who have died protecting students from all forms of harm throughout our nation's history.

We'll have more reaction coming up Tuesday morning as National Teachers Hall of Fame Director Carol Strickland joins the KVOE 8:05 a.m. newscast.

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