Nashville, TN (2017-03-01) An amendment to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) budget would provide funding to help educate the public about those who served and sacrificed in World War I. The funds will benefit the Great War Centennial being planned at Alvin C. York State Historic Park.
On Monday, State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) successfully amended the budget of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) to add $33,000 for the Great War Centennial at Alvin C. York State Historic Park. The Senator pitched the amendment to the Senate Energy, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Committee, which was hearing budget requests from TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau for the department’s 2017-2018 fiscal year that begins in July.
Senator Yager is a member of the committee.
“In 2017, we begin the Centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I, or the Great War,” said Senator Yager. “In order to prepare for that event, a few years ago the legislature approved the Great War Commission to develop a program to celebrate the commitment that this nation made. Unfortunately there has been no funding to support that,” he added.
The amendment would provide funding to educate the public about World War I. “There is no better place to do that than at the park named for the war’s most famous hero, Alvin C. York,” Yager said.
The amendment passed unanimously and the budget moved to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration.