U.S. Marine Corps GWOT veterans and founding members of the bipartisan For Country Caucus of military veterans in the U.S. House, Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) introduce the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Act (H.R. 873) in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill calls for the establishment of a Memorial on federal land in Washington, D.C. It also designates the Foundation as the entity authorized to plan, fund, and build said Memorial.
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduce the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Act in the Senate.
Congress passes the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Act. President Trump signs the bill into law on August 18, 2017.
NewDay USA Foundation becomes the GWOT Memorial Foundation’s first major donor with a $200,000 gift.
Qualitative and quantitative feedback from Gold Star families, active duty service members, veterans and veteran family members, faith leaders, and non-military citizens leads the Foundation to seek an exemption to build the Memorial specifically within the Reserve area of the National Mall.
The Foundation builds an executive leadership team, with former President George W. Bush serving as the Foundation’s Honorary Chairman.
The Foundation conducts site surveys, area impact studies, and assessments of seven possible sites within the Reserve for the Memorial.
Concurrent with Veterans Day, GWOT Veterans Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) and Rep. Gallagher (R-WI) introduce the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act (H.R. 5046) in the House of Representatives. Working alongside With Honor Action, the For Country Caucus endorses the legislation. The legislation specifically seeks authorization for the construction of a Memorial in the Reserve area of the National Mall. Although momentum stalls on the bill’s progress, the issue gains prominence in Congress.
The Foundation briefs the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission (NCMAC) on its plan for the Memorial.
GWOT Veterans Rep. Crow and Rep. Gallagher reintroduce the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act (H.R. 1115) in the House of Representatives. Rep. Crow and Rep. Gallagher reintroduce the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act (H.R. 1115) in the House of Representatives. Once again, the For Country Caucus, composed of bipartisan veterans, endorses the Act, making it a priority for passage.
Wounded Warrior Project donates $250,000 to the Foundation.
Congress passes the historic Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act as part of the annual National Defense Authorization Agreement. President Biden signs the bill into law on December 27, 2021, authorizing the construction of the Memorial in the Reserve area of the National Mall. The dream of the GWOT Memorial Foundation and our nation’s Gold Star families is becoming a reality.
The Foundation holds its inaugural “Ruck the Reserve” event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with the Secretary of the V.A. Dennis McDonough, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR), Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Gold Star families, GWOT Veterans, families, and supporters.
MISSION BBQ makes a new donation of $1,440,000. This is the second year in a row that MISSION BBQ has contributed more than $1 million to the Foundation.
A major milestone in the site selection process! The Foundation received permission from the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission (NCMAC) to proceed with consultations with the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) regarding proposed sites for a national Global War on Terrorism Memorial.
The Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) has approved Site A! Click to view site location. The location near the Lincoln Memorial gains favor as a potential Memorial location. The Global War on Terrorism Memorial is closer to becoming a reality with each passing day.
The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) authorizes the Foundation to embark on a design for a Memorial for Site A, moving the Foundation into steps 13-19 of the 24-step Memorial construction process after being in steps 9-12 since August of 2017.