Just before breaking for its August recess, the Senate Thursday night voted unanimously to advance a bill authorizing a memorial for the Global War on Terrorism. It now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature.
Passed earlier in the week by the House, the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Act makes an exception to a law that requires Congress to wait 10 years after the end of a military conflict before considering a war memorial to be built in Washington, D.C. The bill also authorizes the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation to manage fundraising, design, and construction of the memorial.
“We applaud the bipartisan cooperation of our Congress to lift the red tape on this memorial, recognizing that we cannot afford to waste time on ensuring a timely memorial for the 3 million fighting men and women who have deployed in our nation’s longest war,” said Andrew Brennan, founder and executive director of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation.
Once the bill is signed by President Trump, the foundation will work closely with the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission to secure approval for the memorial’s site selection and design.
“We’re looking forward to building a sacred place of healing and remembrance for our GWOT veterans, a place for families to gather together to honor their loved ones, and for future generations of Americans to learn about a war they will likely grow up alongside of,” said Brennan.
This was the second attempt by the Foundation to get Congress pass an exemption for the Commemorative Works Act of 1986. In 2016, then-Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) co-sponsored a similar bill in the House. Zinke, a retired U.S. Navy Seal and current Secretary of the Interior has thrown his support behind the legislation.