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H.R. 1115: Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 18, 2021 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

Is this the way to honor those who lost their lives?

Context

4,431 U.S. military members have died in Iraq and 2,352 have died in Afghanistan since 2001.

There are official national memorials for U.S. service members who died in World War IWorld War IIthe Korean War, and Vietnam, but not for the post-2001 Global War on Terror. (Interestingly, there is no official national Civil War memorial either.)

The Global War on Terrorism Memorial Act of 2017 authorized a private tax-exempt foundation to begin the process of raising money for and designing the potential memorial. Taxpayer funds were explicitly banned. The law was relatively ...


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1115

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 18, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Gallagher, Ms. Spanberger, Mr. Kinzinger, Mr. Clyde, Mr. Brown, Mr. Loudermilk, Mr. Mast, Mr. Stewart, Ms. Houlahan, Mr. Lamb, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Young, Mrs. Luria, Ms. Slotkin, Mr. Steube, Mr. Bergman, Mr. Golden, Mr. Baird, Mr. Panetta, Mr. Kahele, Mr. Zeldin, Mrs. Miller-Meeks, Mr. Waltz, Ms. Sherrill, Mr. Meijer, Mr. Gallego, Mr. Moulton, Mr. Stivers, Mr. Kelly of Mississippi, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Mr. Crenshaw, Mr. Nehls, Mr. Carbajal, Mr. Palazzo, Mr. Pfluger, Mr. Tony Gonzales of Texas, and Mr. Garcia of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To authorize the location of a memorial on the National Mall to commemorate and honor the members of the Armed Forces that served on active duty in support of the Global War on Terrorism, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act.

2.

Findings

Congress finds the following:

(1)

Nearing two decades after the September 11 attacks against the United States, America continues the Global War on Terrorism, at great personal cost to men and women serving on active duty in the Nation’s Armed Forces and to those whose support they depend upon to fulfill their duties.

(2)

Civil servants from Federal agencies, the intelligence community, local emergency responders, and other civilian support personnel have made significant sacrifices in their service in the Global War on Terrorism.

(3)

Honoring the losses endured by these individuals and their families, in 2017 Congress unanimously passed and the President signed Public Law 115–51, which allowed the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation to establish a memorial to the fallen on Federal land in the District of Columbia.

(4)

Given the significance of the Global War on Terrorism as the longest-running conflict in United States history and the magnitude of the sacrifice involved in these operations, it is appropriate to locate the memorial to the Global War on Terrorism within the Reserve alongside existing memorials to the Nation’s major armed conflicts.

3.

National global war on terrorism memorial location

(a)

Authorization

Notwithstanding section 8908(c) of title 40, United States Code, the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation may establish a National Global War on Terrorism Memorial within the Reserve.

(b)

Location

The Memorial shall be located at one of the following sites, as identified in and consistent with the document known as The Memorials and Museums Master Plan:

(1)

Potential Site 1—Constitution Gardens, Prime Candidate Site 10 in The Memorials and Museums Master Plan.

(2)

Potential Site 2—JFK Hockey Fields, Prime Candidate Site 18 in The Memorials and Museums Master Plan.

(3)

Potential Site 3—West Potomac Park, Candidate Site 70 in The Memorials and Museums Master Plan.

(c)

Commemorative works act

Except as otherwise provided by subsections (a) and (b), chapter 89 of title 40, United States Code (commonly known as the ‘‘Commemorative Works Act’’), shall apply to the Memorial.

(d)

Definitions

For the purposes of this section, the following definitions apply—

(1)

Memorial

The term Memorial means the National Global War on Terrorism Memorial authorized by subsection (a).

(2)

Reserve

The term Reserve has the meaning given that term in 8902(a)(3) of title 40, United States Code.