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Rouzer Introduces Bill To Designate Wilmington As “World War II City”


From the desk of Congressman David Rouzer (Representing North Carolina’s 7th District.

I re-introduced my bill to designate and recognize the city of Wilmington as the first nationally recognized “American World War II City.”  During World War II, the city of Wilmington was regarded as the defense capital of the state due to major industries supporting the war’s efforts, including shipbuilding, fertilizer production, agriculture production, and the manufacturing of clothing and other goods.

My bill, H.R. 1721, would establish a process to allow the Secretary of the Veterans Affairs to designate at least one city in the United States each year with this illustrious title.  If passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, the city of Wilmington would be the first “American World War II City.”

I am proud to introduce this bill and would like to thank Captain Wilbur Jones Jr., USNR (Ret.) of Wilmington for all of his hard work and advocacy for this designation.  Over the past 8 years, Captain Jones has been working tirelessly to honor Wilmington for its significant contributions to the war effort, as well as to recognize the amazing accomplishments made that are preserving the history of World War II.