About the GWOT Memorial Foundation

Our Mission

The GWOT Memorial Foundation leads the efforts to build the National GWOT Memorial in our nation’s capital to commemorate and honor the members of the Armed Forces who served in support of our nation’s longest war, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Consistent with its mission, the Foundation will recognize and salute the service and sacrifices of all who served in defense of the nation in this conflict, as well as their families and friends.

Our Story

The GWOT Memorial Foundation started with a small group of like-minded veterans and spouses initially led by U.S. Army veteran Andrew Brennan who came together to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s military and all who supported them. In only a few short years of existence, the GWOT Memorial Foundation introduced a Bill that unanimously passed through the House and Senate approving a national war memorial to be built before the fighting was over. The Global War on Terrorism Memorial Act became law in August of 2017 after receiving President Trump’s signature. The law exempts the Global War on Terrorism memorial from a 10-year waiting period by the Commemorative Works Act of 1986 and authorizes GWOTMF to oversee the fundraising, design, and construction of the memorial.

Our Tenets

Honor

This memorial will honor the service and sacrifice of all who have served in support of the Global War on Terror paying special attention to our Brothers and Sisters who never got the opportunity to take the uniform off.

Heal

War affects and entire nation and the Global War on Terror has touched many. This memorial will provide a central place of healing.

Empower

Through engagement and education this memorial will allow those who served to speak on what it meant to them as individuals serving in support of the Global War on Terror.

Unite

This is not a memorial to the events of September 11, 2001, there are many beautiful and impactful memorials which already exist recognizing those we lost. This is a memorial to our nations response to those tragic events which took place on that fateful day. Everyone remembers where they were but we also remember how united we were as a nation immediately following the attacks. This memorial will remind us of that unity.

About the memorial

We are always looking for feedback on designing the memorial itself. We are at the beginning of this process and have outlined some of the principles we believe should be represented in the final construction.

Our Principles

  • Strength
  • Resilience
  • Sacrifice
  • Multi-Generational
  • Selfless Service
  • All-Volunteer
  • Global
  • Multi-Cultural
  • Ongoing