President signs resolution authorizing National Desert Storm War Memorial


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Veterans of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm will soon have their own memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., thanks to legislation signed today by the president.

President Trump signed Senate Joint Resolution 1, “A joint resolution approving the location of a memorial to commemorate and honor the members of the Armed Forces who served on active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm or Operation Desert Shield.” The resolution was sponsored by Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly and Arkansas Sen. John Boozman and designates the location of the memorial on the National Mall.

A Phase 1 rendering of the National Desert Storm War Memorial.

A Phase 1 rendering of the National Desert Storm War Memorial.

The legislation was introduced and passed by Congress this month and signed in the White House by the president. “I appreciate the commitment of my colleagues in the House of Representatives to swiftly approve this resolution so our Gulf War Veterans are appropriately honored for their service and sacrifice in our nation’s capital,” Sen. Boozman said.

“This resolution is the final step in Congress to create a memorial in our nation’s capital that loved ones and future generations can visit to honor the men and women who fought and died for our country in the First Gulf War,” Sen. Donnelly added.

The National Desert Storm War Memorial will honor those Veterans who served in the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991. Now that legislation to create the memorial has been approved, the memorial’s sponsors will begin the process of fundraising and working with the National Capital Planning Commission to select a location on the National Mall and a final design.

Funds for the construction of the memorial will be raised privately by the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association.

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Megan Moloney

— Megan joined VA in May 2013. She is the daughter, granddaughter and spouse of Army and Navy Veterans who served in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Comments

  1. JOSEPH Z ANDERS 3    

    THE ONES SERVED DESERVE A COMBAT ACTION BADGE
    FOR THEIR BRAVERY AND DUTY’S IN COMBAT TOO AND
    THE ONES WHO DIED DESERVE A PURPLE HEART
    FOR THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE AND DEATH
    I FEEL LIKE THAT WE DESERVE THE SAME MEDALS
    AND AWARDS JUST LIKE EVERYONE WHO ARE ALIVE
    TODAY THEY DESERVE THE COMBAT ACTION BADGE
    BUT THERE IS SOME HARD ASSES IN THE WHITE HOUSE
    AND THE ARMY POST THAT IS IN CHARGE OF THE AWARDD
    IN ALABAMA I REQUESTED MY COMBAT ACTION BADGE
    AND WAS TOLD THAT I DID NOT DESERVE IT OR EARN IT AND
    ALL WE GOT WAS SCREWED AND NOT HONORED FOR
    OUR DUTY’S AND INJURY’S EITHER

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME
    JOSEPH Z ANDERS 3
    DISABLED COMBAT VETERAN
    US ARMY 22 YEARS

  2. Keith B LaMee Jr    

    While I believe that Gulf War veterans should be honored but the World War veterans should be remembered on the Mall with the other heroes of this country

  3. Issa Jones Traore    

    This is a very good gesture that will be very much appreciated by us the veterans of the desert storm and desert shield.

  4. John A. D. Salas    

    We were poised trained and ready to be sent in for decontamination duties. I was prepared for the sacrifice. Thank God that we did not need to deploy. I thought we were forgotten, this memorial for those who did deploy, they sure deserve recognition.

  5. Rex    

    Thank you for your service to those that served during Operation Desert Storm/Shield. RGB

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