WASHINGTON â Today, a Senate Democrat blocked efforts by U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) to build a new memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC to honor the troops who served in the World War against the terrorism. Ernst, who commanded 150 troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom and is the first female combat veteran to serve in the United States Senate, has been working across the aisle since 2017 to create a memorial to those who served in the longest war in our country.
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In 2017, through bipartisan legislation, Ernst helped create the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation, a private foundation, to kick off the process of building a memorial. Earlier this year, Ernst and Senator Maggie Hassan (DN.H.) presented the World War on Terrorism Memorial Site Act, who proposed three locations for the memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC
Earlier this month, Ernst wrote a column highlighting the importance of creating a global war on terror memorial on our National Mall, especially after the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan that left Americans and our allies stranded behind. the lines of the Taliban. This effort has the backing of the six surviving Defense Secretaries – spanning the Democratic and Republican administrations – who have led the Department of Defense during the last 20 years of the Global War on Terror.