Congress Clears Path for Global War on Terrorism Memorial in Washington, D.C.



Andrew Brennan, Founder & Executive Director


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On its last day before breaking for August recess, the Senate unanimously passed the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Act, clearing the final legislative hurdle for the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation’s (GWOTMF) mission, with full confidence it will get President Trump’s signature.

The bill, H.R. 873, previously passed House and hotlined in the Senate, makes an exemption for the Global War on Terrorism memorial from the Commemorative Works Act of 1986, which requires Congress to wait 10 years after the official end of a military conflict before considering a war memorial to be built in the nation’s capital. The bill also authorizes GWOTMF to oversee the fundraising, design, and construction of the memorial, and does not earmark any federal funds for it.

“This memorial will be wholly dedicated to our 7,000 brothers and sisters who deployed with us, but did not return and their survivors. It is dedicated to the 1 million wounded warriors who are reclaiming their lives back here at home. It is for the soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines who struggle in their transition from combat deployments,” said Andrew J. Brennan, GWOTMF founder and executive director. “We applaud the bipartisan cooperation of our Congress to lift the red tape on this memorial, recognizing that we cannot afford to waste time on ensuring a timely memorial for the 3 million fighting men and women who have deployed in our nation’s longest war. We’re looking forward to building a sacred place of healing and remembrance for our GWOT veterans, a place for families to gather together to honor their loved ones, and for

future generations of Americans to learn about a war they will likely grow up alongside of.”

Once the bill reaches President Trump’s desk for his anticipated signature, the foundation will work closely with the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission to secure federal approval for acreage on the National Mall and coordinate a national competition for the memorial’s design.

H.R. 873 and its Senate companion bill S. 926 were introduced by GWOT veterans, Representatives Mike Gallagher…

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