The House of Representatives unanimously approved a joint resolution introduced by U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) designating the location of the future National Desert Storm War Memorial on a prominent area near the National Mall.
“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,” Boozman said. “I am proud to work with Senator Donnelly in support of this memorial.”
“This resolution would designate a memorial 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. I’ve been proud to work with Senator Boozman on this bipartisan effort, and I’m pleased that my colleagues in the House of Representatives have passed our resolution, so that it can be signed into law,” Donnelly said.
Now that both chambers of Congress approved the Area I recommended location made by the Secretary of the Interior, 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.