The legislation, supported by the entire Missouri delegation, authorizes the National Park Service to light up the Arch with the colors of the Ukrainian flag
For Immediate Release
July 19, 2022
Arthur Bryant 202-225-1621
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO), Chair of the House Suburban Caucus, released the following statement after the House passed the Gateway Solidarity Act, her legislation to authorize the National Park Service to light up the Arch with the colors of the Ukrainian flag.
“Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation continue their unconscionable assault on the sovereign nation of Ukraine. Since the Russian invasion began, over 5 million civilians have been forced from their homes and thousands have lost their lives, including countless innocent women and children. We have heard numerous stories illustrating the brutality of this invasion and the potential war crimes being committed by the Putin regime. In response to this horrific assault, landmarks across the globe have been lit up in solidarity with the Ukrainian people.
“In my home State of Missouri, the colors of the Ukrainian flag have been projected on our State Capitol as well as landmarks in both St. Louis and Kansas City. These initiatives show how people around the world, across the country, and throughout Missouri stand united in support of the Ukrainian people and against the horrific acts of Vladimir Putin. The Gateway Arch is a symbol of pride for the people of St. Louis and the State of Missouri. The defining structure of the St. Louis skyline, the Arch can be seen for miles throughout the region. I am proud to have the support of the entire Missouri delegation on this legislation which will authorize the National Park Service to light up the Arch with the colors of the Ukrainian flag on Ukrainian Independence Day, August 24, each year until Vladimir Putin abandons his deadly invasion. I hope the Senate takes immediate action on this legislation.”
Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-2)
2350 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515