Golden Makes Case for Global War on Terror Memorial in Senate Parks Subcommittee
WASHINGTON — For Country Caucus co-chair Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) testified this morning before Senator Angus King’s (I-ME) Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks on behalf of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act. The bill is the final step needed to authorize construction of a memorial to honor the 7,000 Americans who have lost their lives in service to the country since 9/11.
“The memorial is intended to honor those who served and to provide them and their families with a place for reflection and healing,” said Golden. “The question in front of us today is not whether we should construct a memorial, but when and where. I strongly believe the answer to be now, and on the Reserve within the National Mall.”
In 2017, the bipartisan Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act, which authorized the creation of a Global War on Terrorism Memorial and a foundation to oversee funding and construction of the project, was signed into law. The Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act, which was the subject of today’s hearing, would authorize the construction of the memorial specifically on the National Mall.
“The nation has witnessed the power of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to bring together veterans of that war, their families, and fellow Americans to heal together and honor the fallen,” Golden continued. “We have a chance to do the same for our GWOT veterans before this twentieth anniversary of 9/11.”
Golden testified for the bill on behalf of the For Country Caucus, which he co-chairs. The For Country Caucus is a bipartisan group of 25 veterans in Congress. The majority served after the September 11th attacks, including several who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. The members leading the bill in the House, Reps. Jason Crow (CO-06) and Mike Gallagher (WI-08), are both members of the For Country Caucus.
The For Country Caucus has made the memorial legislation one of its top priorities this Congress and caucus members have worked with Reps. Crow and Gallagher to build support across the ideological spectrum. The bill now has dozens more House cosponsors than it did in the 116th Congress, and the members are working towards the 290-member threshold necessary to guarantee a vote on the House floor.