Text: H.R.3421 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 112-76 (12/23/2011)
[112th Congress Public Law 76]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
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Public Law 112-76
To award Congressional Gold Medals in honor of the men and women who
perished as a result of the terrorist attacks on the United States on
September 11, 2001. <<NOTE: Dec. 23, 2011 - [H.R. 3421]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Fallen Heroes of
9/11 Act. 31 USC 5111 note.>>
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Fallen Heroes of 9/11 Act''.
SEC. 2. CONGRESSIONAL FINDINGS.
Congress finds that--
(1) the tragic deaths at the World Trade Center, at the
Pentagon, and in rural Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001, have
forever changed our Nation;
(2) the officers, emergency workers, and other employees of
State and local government agencies, including the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey, and of the United States
government and others, who responded to the attacks on the World
Trade Center in New York City and perished as a result of the
tragic events of September 11, 2001 (including those who are
missing and presumed dead), took heroic and noble action on that
(3) the officers, emergency rescue workers, and employees of
local and United States government agencies, who responded to
the attack on the Pentagon in Washington, DC, took heroic and
noble action to evacuate the premises and prevent further
casualties of Pentagon employees;
(4) the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93,
recognizing the imminent danger that the aircraft that they were
aboard posed to large numbers of innocent men, women and
children, American institutions, and the symbols of American
democracy, took heroic and noble action to ensure that the
aircraft could not be used as a weapon; and
(5) given the unprecedented nature of the attacks against
the United States of America and the need to properly
demonstrate the support of the country for those who lost their
lives to terrorism, it is fitting that their sacrifice be
recognized with the award of an appropriate medal.
SEC. 3. CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL.
(1) Authorized.--The Speaker of the House of Representatives
and the President pro tempore of the Senate shall make
appropriate arrangements for the award, on behalf of Congress,
of 3 gold medals of appropriate design in honor of the men
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and women who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks on
the United States on September 11, 2001.
(2) Display.--Following the award of the gold medals
referred to in paragraph (1), one gold medal shall be given to
(A) the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania,
(B) the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in
New York, and
(C) the Pentagon Memorial at the Pentagon,
with the understanding that each medal is to be put on
permanent, appropriate display.
(3) Design and striking.--For the purposes of the awards
referred to in paragraph (1), the Secretary of the Treasury
shall strike 3 designs of the gold medals with suitable emblems,
devices, and inscriptions, to be determined by the Secretary.
(b) Duplicate Medals.--Under such regulations as the Secretary may
prescribe, the Secretary may strike and sell duplicates in bronze of the
gold medals struck under this Act, at a price sufficient to cover the
costs of the medals, including labor, materials, dyes, use of machinery,
and overhead expenses.
(c) National Medals.--Medals struck pursuant to this Act are
national medals for purposes of chapter 51 of title 31, United States
(d) Proceeds of Sale.--Amounts received from the sale of duplicate
bronze medals under subsection (b) shall be deposited in the United
States Mint Public Enterprise Fund.
Approved December 23, 2011.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 3421 (S. 1239):
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 157 (2011):
Dec. 13, 14, considered and passed House.
Dec. 15, considered and passed Senate.