Trump Approves Memorial to War on Terrorism

Washington Report

(August 22, 2017) A memorial to honor those who served in the war on terrorism since 9/11 and will do so in the future now has presidential approval. President Donald Trump signed legislation Friday while at Camp David, Maryland, and in the presence of his chief of staff, retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, who commanded troops in Iraq and lost a son fighting in Afghanistan.

The law includes an exception to the requirement that a military conflict be ended for at least 10 years before a memorial can be erected in Washington, D.C.

The Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation will oversee the fundraising, design and construction of the memorial. Only private funds will be used. The foundation wants to raise $40 million to $50 million and put the memorial on the National Mall where memorials to World War II, the Korean War and the war in Vietnam are located. Another memorial would require federal approval

Andrew Brennan, the founder and executive director of the foundation, said the memorial would be dedicated to 3 million troops who have served in the war.

“We’re looking forward to building a sacred place of healing and remembrance for our veterans and their families,” he said.

The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., and Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., in the House. In the Senate, the effort was led by Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

A national design competition will begin soon. The memorial will include six themes: endurance, sacrifice, all-volunteer, global, multicultural and unfinished. The foundation expects to have the memorial finished in 2024.