Golden, Veterans Rally Support for Global War on Terrorism Memorial

November 5, 2021
Press Release
Rep. Golden, veterans, Gold Star families, and leaders in Congress call for passage of bipartisan legislation to build GWOT Memorial on National Mall

VIDEO HERE

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) hosted dozens of veterans & Gold Star families from across the country, as well as bipartisan members of the House and Senate, to hold a press conference this week calling for passage of a bill to build a memorial to American servicemembers killed in the Global War on Terrorism on the National Mall.

Congressman Golden at the press conference.        Congressman Golden at the press conference.

The legislation, the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act, is the final step needed to authorize construction of the memorial. This legislation has passed the House and could be voted on by the Senate later this month. 

“Now is a good time to show our veterans that we’re never going to forget and that their nation deeply appreciates their service, and to send that special message to all the family members of our servicemembers,” said Congressman Golden. “In the months ahead, weeks ahead, we’re going to be pushing to make sure this gets through the United States Senate. You’ll hear all kinds of congressional procedural objections, committees of jurisdiction expressing certain concerns, bureaucratic excuses. None of those are acceptable to any of our veterans, anyone standing here today, or really to the country. The country supports us in this. The country wants this to be done, and it will be done. The question is when.”

“We call on the U.S. Senate to do their part so the Memorial can be built in the central part of the Mall. Future generations should be able to learn about the Global War on Terrorism and honor the sacrifices of those who served, fought, were injured, or were killed in America’s longest war,” Wounded Warrior Project CEO Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington said. “Congressman Golden has truly helped lead the charge to build the Global War on Terrorism Memorial at a centrally located spot near the existing war memorials on the National Mall, and for that I want to thank him.”

Congressmen Jason Crow (CO-06) and Mike Gallagher (WI-08) and Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) have been leading the effort to get the bill signed into law and also spoke at the event. 

The members of Congress and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Linnington were joined by more than 30 veterans and Gold Star family members from across the country, including:

  • U.S. Army veteran Claude Boushey
  • Gold Star family members Seana and Alston Arrechaga
  • GWOT Memorial Foundation CEO and Army veteran Marina Jackman
  • VFW National Veteran Service Director  and Army veteran Ryan Gallucci
  • American Legion National Executive Director and Army veteran Chanin Nuntavong
  • IAVA Vice President and Navy veteran Tom Porter.
  • Reps. Van Taylor, Jim Baird, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Mike Garcia, and Scott Franklin.

Since 9/11, 2.7 million Americans have served in the military and more than 7,000 have been killed in the Global War on Terrorism.

Crow, Gallagher, Taylor, Baird, Miller-Meeks, Garcia, and Franklin are members of the For Country Caucus, a bipartisan group of principled military veterans in Congress who strive to create a government that is less polarized, more efficient, and is trusted by Americans. Rep. Golden and Rep. Van Taylor (TX-03) are co-chairs of the caucus, which has been central to building support for the GWOT memorial in the House.

Full video of the press conference, as well as footage of the National Mall, can be found here.