This bill would authorize the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation, a private organization, to pursue the construction of a war memorial to the fallen servicemembers of the Global War on Terrorism on the National Mall in the District of Columbia. The memorial would be located on federal land, but it would be funded entirely through private donations. Over 7,000 U.S. military personnel have been killed during the Global War on Terrorism.
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National Parks SubcommitteeCommittee on Energy and Natural ResourcesIntroducedApril 25th, 2017
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What is Senate Bill S. 926?
Cost of Senate Bill S. 926
In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) — the Senate’s first female war veteran — introduced this bill to start the process of building a war memorial to honor the fallen servicemembers, their families, and all those impacted by our nation’s longest war:
“The ongoing Global War on Terrorism has impacted the lives of millions of Americans across our nation. Though nothing will ever be able to bring back those we have lost, this will serve as a tribute to the brave men and women and their loved ones who have sacrificed in the defense of our freedom and who fight for those across the globe who do not have those same freedoms. It is my hope that this memorial will serve as a place of healing and reflection for servicemembers, veterans and the families of our fallen, as well as a reminder of the heroic acts of many for generations to come.”
This legislation has gained bipartisan support in Senate, with 12 cosponsors so far that include eight Republicans and four Democrats.
- Sponsoring Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) Press Release
- Military Times
- Global War on Terrorism Foundation (Context)
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: U.S.M.C. Camp Lejeune / Creative Commons)