President Donald Trump on Dec. 23 signed a bill into law authorizing a memorial dedicated for fallen journalists.
The Fallen Journalist Memorial Act (H.R. 3465), passed through Congress with bipartisan support on Dec. 2, authorizes the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation (FJM) to establish an effort to build a first-of-its-kind privately funded memorial on federal lands in Washington, D.C.—the National Memorial to Fallen Journalists—to honor journalists who died while on the job.
"It will demonstrate to our citizens and to visitors from around the world that our country values a free press, honors the sacrifices of journalists and supports the family, friends and colleagues of the fallen."
Wendi Winters, one of the victims, was posthumously awarded the Carnegie Medal by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission—the highest honor for civilian heroism in the United States and Canada.
“The free media, one of the pillars of our nation, is under attack figuratively and literally across America. Too many, including five innocent souls lost in the shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, gave everything they had in defense of democracy, transparency, and freedom,” Cardin said in a statement.
“This new memorial will honor the lives of those who died reporting the news and supporting the media on behalf of the American people," he added. "It will be a steadfast symbol of their sacrifice and the fragility of our democracy. Those who personify the First Amendment rights granted to every citizen have made our nation stronger.”
Portman applauded Trump for signing the bill to establish the memorial.
"This memorial will serve as a fitting tribute to the men and women in journalism, including those from the Capital Gazette, who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of the First Amendment," he said in a statement.