President Donald J. Trump poses with Vice President Mike Pence, Cabinet members, and Senior White House Advisors, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in Laurel Lodge at Camp David, as he signed the Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

“These sacrifices need to be honored. The men and women that fought and are still fighting, like my son, need to know that their country appreciates them.”

– Maggie Duskin, Gold Star Family member

The Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act (H.R. 873) authorized the establishment of a national war memorial on federal land in Washington, D.C. The bill unanimously passed the House and Senate within six months of its introduction and was signed into law on Aug. 18, 2017 (Public Law No: 115-51).

The Act entrusts the Foundation to oversee the fundraising, design, and construction of the memorial in accordance with federal law and exempts the Memorial from the customary 10-year statutory waiting period after the formal conclusion of the associated conflict. It also prohibits the use of federal funds for the Memorial.

A second bill, the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act (H.R. 5046), was introduced in Congress on Nov. 12, 2019, to permit the construction of the Memorial in the reserve on the National Mall. Two combat Veterans, Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), introduced the bill with the support of the entire For Country Caucus, a bipartisan congressional caucus of post-9/11 Veterans.

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