The National Desert Storm War Memorial has crossed a major hurdle needed before the monument can be built near the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Officials with the memorial association received approval for a design concept earlier this month and unveiled an artist’s rendering at a press conference in Texas.
The next step in the process is for the memorial to receive final design approval. Final design will include details on quotes, fonts, images, bronze sculptures and carvings for the memorial, which will be built in honor of those who served in first Persian Gulf War.
“Our team has dedicated the past 12 months to develop the memorial’s iconic and timeless design,” said Scott Stump, CEO and president of the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association.
The association was created in 2011 and aims to dedicate a memorial on Veterans Day 2021 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the conflict.
About 600,000 service members (including more than 40,000 National Guardsmen) deployed in support and Operation Desert Shield/Storm of the nearly 400 died in the conflict, which was spurred by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
Congress authorized construction of the memorial in 2014. It will eventually be built near the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the southwest corner of Constitution Avenue and 23rd Street Northwest.
In all, the memorial is estimated to cost $40 million, with efforts to raise the funds now underway. To date, the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association has raised $8.67 million, with money raised from individuals, businesses, foreign governments and veteran service organizations.