Public Law 10829
To further the protection and recognition of veterans memorials, and for other
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of
the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the Veterans Memorial Preservation
and Recognition Act of 2003.
SEC. 2. CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR DESTRUCTION OF VETERANS
(a) IN GENERAL.Chapter 65 of title 18, United States Code,
is amended by adding at the end the following:
§ 1369. Destruction of veterans memorials
(a) Whoever, in a circumstance described in subsection (b),
willfully injures or destroys, or attempts to injure or destroy, any
structure, plaque, statue, or other monument on public property
commemorating the service of any person or persons in the armed
forces of the United States shall be fined under this title, imprisoned
not more than 10 years, or both.
(b) A circumstance described in this subsection is that
(1) in committing the offense described in subsection (a),
the defendant travels or causes another to travel in interstate
or foreign commerce, or uses the mail or an instrumentality
of interstate or foreign commerce; or
(2) the structure, plaque, statue, or other monument
described in subsection (a) is located on property owned by,
or under the jurisdiction of, the Federal Government..
(b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 65 of title 18, United States Code, is amended
by adding at the end the following:
1369. Destruction of veterans memorials..
SEC. 3. HIGHWAY SIGNS RELATING TO VETERANS CEMETERIES.
(a) IN GENERAL.Notwithstanding the terms of any agreement
entered into by the Secretary of Transportation and a State under
section 109(d) or 402(a) of title 23, United States Code, a veterans
cemetery shall be treated as a site for which a supplemental guide
sign may be placed on any Federal-aid highway.
(b) APPLICABILITY.Subsection (a) shall apply to an agreement
entered into before, on, or after the date of the enactment of
Approved May 29, 2003