Timeline of Events

Timeline of Events

2015
2015

2015: The Foundation Is Born

The Foundation Is Born
A small group of veterans, military spouses, and supportive Americans form the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Memorial Foundation to honor all who have served in the conflict.
2017
2017

March 2017: First Steps Toward A Memorial

March 2017: First Steps Toward A Memorial

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) introduce the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Act (H.R. 873) in the 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 it.

2018
2018

2018: Listening to Our Heroes

Listening to Our Heroes

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.

2018

2018: Proven Leaders Join the Team

The Foundation builds a Board of Directors led by President George W. Bush as the Foundation’s Honorary Chairman. With the exception of three additional members (Cecilia Deyo, Bill Kraus, and Isaia Vimoto), the Board retains its original composition today.

2019
2019

2019: Planning for Success

The Foundation conducts site surveys, area impact studies, and assessments of seven possible sites for the Memorial within the Reserve.

2019

November 2019: The Mall Is the Mission

Crow and Gallagher

Simultaneous with Veterans Day, Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) and Rep. Gallagher introduce the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act (H.R. 5046) in the House of Representatives. 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.

2020
2020

February 2020: Working with Partners

The Foundation briefs the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission (NCMAC) on its plan for the Memorial.

2020

2020: Funding the Memorial

2020: Funding the Memorial

The Foundation launches a grassroots fundraising campaign with an initial goal of $50 million.

2020

March 2020: Strength in Numbers

Michael Rodriguez

The Foundation joins seven leading military and veterans service organizations to brief Congress on the importance of passing the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act.

2021
2021

February 2021:New Momentum for the Mall

Crow and Gallagher

Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) and Rep. Gallagher reintroduce the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act (H.R. 1115) in the House of Representatives.

2021

March 2021: A New Step Forward

Ernst Hassan

Sen. Ernst and Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduce the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act (S.535) in the Senate.

2021

December 2021: Giving Back

Mission BBQ

MISSION BBQ makes a donation of more than $1.4 million to the Foundation.

2021

December 2021: A Defining Achievement

Congress passes the 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 and realizing the dream of the GWOT Memorial Foundation and our nation’s Gold Star families.

2021

December 2021:More Support from Our Allies

Wounded Warrior Project donates $250,000 to the Foundation.

2022
2022

January 2022: Caffeinated Contributions

BRCC 25K

Black Rifle Coffee Company (BRCC Fund) presents the Foundation with a $25,000 donation.

2022

April 2022: Ruck the Reserve

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The Foundation holds its inaugural “Ruck the Reserve” event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

2023
2023

2023 (Projected)

Memorial site selected.

2026
2026

2026 (Projected)

Memorial construction begins.

2028
2028

2028 (Projected)

Memorial completed.