21 JULY 2017
George W. Casey Jr., a retired general, was chief of staff of the Army from 2007 to 2011 and the commander of coalition forces in Iraq from 2004 to 2007. He is an adviser to the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation.
By building a National Global War on Terrorism Memorial, we would forever preserve the memory of those we have lost in the fighting that followed Sept. 11, 2001, continues today and will continue into the foreseeable future. It will be the first national memorial in Washington authorized for an ongoing war. The men and women it would recognize volunteered from every race, creed and religion and from home towns across our great country. This memorial would stand as a place to educate our country about selfless service and sacrifice. It would inspire future generations of heroes in service to our nation. It would help connect members of our civilian population who too often are unaware of what its warriors are asked to sacrifice when they defend our freedoms.