Representatives Mike Gallagher & Seth Moulton Announce Bill Allowing for New National Global War on Terrorism Memorial in DC
Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) introduced H.R. 873, a bipartisan bill allowing the establishment of the National Global War on Terrorism Memorial in Washington D.C. The bill aims to commemorate and honor the members of the Armed Forces that served in defense of the United States in the Global War on Terrorism. Both Rep. Gallagher and Rep. Moulton are post 9/11 Marine Corps veterans who served in Iraq.
“Republican or Democrat, it doesn’t matter. Memorializing the service and sacrifice of more than 6,800 fallen United States servicemembers is an American matter, and I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation with my fellow Marine and current colleague, Congressman Moulton,” stated Rep. Gallagher. “During my service in the Marine Corps I served alongside countless brave men and women, some of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Global War on Terrorism. This piece of legislation honors their service and memorializes their legacy for future generations.”
"I served in Iraq with some of the best Americans I know, and we owe this to all of them, to their families, and to the young men and women who continue put their lives on the line for us today,” said Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA). "I'm proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation with my colleague in Congress and fellow Marine, Congressman Gallagher.”
Andrew J. Brennan, founder and executive director of Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation (GWOTMF) released the following statement in response to Representatives Gallagher and Moulton introducing H.R. 873:
"We're honored today to stand alongside Representatives Moulton and Gallagher, and thank them for their bipartisan support and the support of the veteran service organizations represented here today, to pave the way for the national Global War on Terror memorial. This memorial will honor the more than 59,433 casualties in our nation's longest war, the Gold Star and Blue Star families who bear the cost of this conflict, and for our brothers and sisters who have fought and continue to fight in this war today. We are looking forward to working with the House on the passage of this bill to bring the memorial to its rightful place on the National Mall."
This bill exempts the Memorial from current law which prohibits commemorations from being authorized on federal land until at least ten years after the officially designated end of a conflict. Unlike most previous conflicts, the Global War on Terror is an ongoing fight, so this legislation would enable us to pay tribute to those who have served, and continue to serve.