Momentum Gathers for Terrorism War Memorial

The House moved forward July 19 with a bill that someday could lead to the establishment of a memorial for those who fought against terrorism. The measure, H.R. 873, would authorize the creation of a non-profit Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation. The organization would explore the possibilities for placing such a memorial in or around Washington, D.C., presumably in proximity to those commemorating other wars. The bill also provides for a waiver of a current rule that requires conflicts to be over for 10 years before the construction and dedication of any new war memorial. Reps. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., and Seth Moulton, D-Mass., introduced the bipartisan legislation in March. Both Gallagher and Moulton served in the Marine Corps after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. “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,” Gallagher said in a statement on his web site.