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 Patriots consisting of veterans, spouses and friends who came together to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s military and all who served in the GWOT. 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 War 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

It is the duty of a nation to honor all those who step forward in her defense, paying special attention to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. By recognizing those who have selflessly served this memorial we will not only honor the service and sacrifice of all who have served in the Global War on Terror but ensure that future generations will know that their nation will always be indebted to their service in securing freedom and liberty.

Heal

War affects everyone, not only those who fight and serve in them; they affect the families and loved ones, wars affect any nation who sends her sons and daughters forth to serve. The Global War on Terror is real, relevant and right now, it has touched many and impacts the lives of Americans every single day, whether they know it or not. This memorial will provide a central place of healing and reflection as a nation.

Empower

This Memorial will bring a greater understanding of the war, and seeks to provide advocacy through engagement and education. This memorial will bring the civilian and military communities closer together by decreasing the misunderstanding between them both and reminding us all that we are all Americans first.

Unite

Everyone who is old enough remembers where they were on September 11, 2001. We will forever mourn the loss we felt as a nation. Everyone also has their individual story from that fateful day, but the one commonality we all share is that we were united, we came together as one nation. This is a memorial to our nations response to attack and will stand as a reminder not only to our nation but the entire world of the strength and unity of the American people.

Our Principles

  • Strength
  • Resilience
  • Sacrifice
  • Multi-Generational
  • Selfless Service
  • All-Volunteer
  • Global
  • Multi-Cultural
  • Ongoing
We are at the early stages of designing what the memorial will say as well as what it potentially could look like. These are principles we believe should be represented in final construction.
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