Veterans who served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm are one step closer to having a national memorial in Washington, D.C. honoring their service and sacrifice thanks to the efforts of U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN). On Wednesday, the Senate unanimously approved the senators’ joint resolution designating the location of the future National Desert Storm War Memorial on a prominent area near the National Mall.
“This is a well-deserved honor that reflects our appreciation and respect for the men and women who served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm,” Boozman said. “I appreciate Senator Donnelly’s commitment to joining me to see this across the finish line.”
“Getting this resolution through the Senate is a major victory for the men and women who fought and died for our country in the First Gulf War,” Donnelly said. “I’m proud to work with Senator Boozman on this bipartisan effort honoring their service and sacrifice and call on my colleagues in the House of Representatives to promptly pass this legislation.”
Congress is under a 150-day deadline to accept the Area I recommended location made by the Secretary of the Interior or it will be deemed rejected. The House of Representatives has until April 14 to approve the location. Following the approval of Congress, the National Capital Planning Commission will select the exact site for the memorial.
No federal funds will be spent to build this memorial. All funds will be raised privately by the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association.
Boozman and Donnelly introduced the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial Act to authorize establishment of a National Desert Shield and Desert Storm War Memorial on federal lands within the District of Columbia in 2013. The bill was included in the National Defense Authorization Act and signed into law in December 2014.