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S. 535: Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 2, 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

S. 535

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 2 (legislative day, March 1), 2021

(for herself, Ms. Hassan, Mr. Braun, Mr. Cramer, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Risch, Mr. Crapo, Mr. Boozman, and Mrs. Shaheen) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and 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.

National Global War on Terrorism Memorial

(a)

Findings

Congress finds that—

(1)

approaching 2 decades after the September 11, 2001, attacks against the United States, the United States continues the Global War on Terrorism, at great personal cost to—

(A)

the men and women serving on active duty in the Armed Forces; and

(B)

the individuals on whose support those men and women depend to fulfill their duties;

(2)

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

(3)

honoring the losses endured by the individuals described in paragraphs (1) and (2), together with their families, Congress in 2017 unanimously passed, and the President signed, the Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act (Public Law 115–51; 40 U.S.C. 8903 note), which allowed the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation to establish on Federal land in the District of Columbia a memorial to the fallen of that conflict; and

(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 operations in that conflict, it is appropriate to locate the National Global War on Terrorism Memorial within the Reserve alongside existing memorials to the major armed conflicts of the United States.

(b)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Memorial

The term Memorial means the National Global War on Terrorism Memorial authorized by subsection (c)(1).

(2)

Reserve

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

(c)

Location of Memorial

(1)

Authorization

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

(2)

Location

The Memorial shall be located at 1 of the following sites, as identified in, and in accordance with, the document commonly known as the Memorials and Museums Master Plan:

(A)

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

(B)

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

(C)

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

(3)

Commemorative Works Act

Except as otherwise provided in paragraphs (1) and (2), chapter 89 of title 40, United States Code (commonly known as the ‘‘Commemorative Works Act’’), shall apply to the Memorial.