Roe Bill to Establish War Memorial Passes House of Representatives
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, the House passed Rep. Roe’s legislation to establish a memorial- at no cost to taxpayers-for those that served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. H.R. 503, the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial Act, has more than 100 bipartisan cosponsors and is supported by the American Legion, AMVETS, the National Guard Association of the United States and the Air Force Association.
Rep. Roe released the following statement on H.R. 503:
“It is appropriate that the week of Memorial Day the House passed this important legislation to reaffirm our commitment to the veterans of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. I believe we should honor the commitment of every man and woman that honorably serves this country, and I am proud to see this bill move forward. I’d like to thank everyone that has worked diligently to make this memorial a reality, especially my friend Scott Stump, and to the American Legion, the Air Force Association, the National Guard Association of the United States and AMVETS for their support.”
Scott Stump, CEO, President and a member of the National Board of Directors of the National Desert Storm War Memorial released the following statement on the bill:
"Passage of H.R. 503 is a monumental step in guaranteeing that Operation Desert Shield/Storm- and its veterans- will take the proper and enduring place in our country's history of which they are so deserving. Passing the bill so close to Memorial Day is a fitting gesture to remember that Desert Shield/Storm was not a bloodless war, and a way to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice over 23 years ago."
Stewart Hickey, National Executive Director of AMVETS released the following statement on the bill:
“As a partner and supporter of the National Desert Storm Memorial we at AMVETS are appreciative of Rep. Roe’s leadership on this act and its passage so the Gulf War veterans can finally be recognized for their valiant service to our nation.”
Daniel Dellinger, National Commander of The American Legion, released the following statement on the bill:
“The National Desert Shield/Desert Storm War Memorial, located in Washington, D.C., will commemorate the service of those 500,000 plus U.S. servicemembers who served our country honorably throughout this campaign, as well as memorialize the over 300 Americans who paid the ultimate price in pursuit of that just cause. The American Legion fully supports this legislation and we thank Congressman Roe for his leadership on this issue.”
General Craig McKinley, USAF (Ret.), President of the Air Force Association, released the following statement on the bill:
“Desert Storm was a turning point in the conduct of warfare, ushering in a new era where precision airpower allowed the US to break down Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime with minimal bloodshed. However, this victory was not without great sacrifice and our nation needs a national memorial dedicated to our members of the armed forces who served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.”
In 1990, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and, in less than 24 hours, dominated nearly 30% of the world’s oil supply. This brutal dictator then set his eyes on Saudi Arabia. Recognizing Saudi Arabia’s important role in the region, President George H.W. Bush launched Operation Desert Shield, the deployment of American combat forces to Saudi Arabia, and issued a mandate to Hussein stating all Iraqi troops must be out of Kuwait by January 15, 1991. With Kuwait still occupied after the deadline passed, the United States led coalition forces in the liberation of Kuwait, a mission known as Operation Desert Storm.
These operations—a major coalition victory—resulted in the removal of all Iraqi forces from Kuwait, imposition of sanctions against Iraq and a significantly weakened Iraqi Army. Of the roughly 600,000 American troops who were deployed in both Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, 293 died in theater, of which 148 were killed in action.
The United States currently lacks a national memorial dedicated to the valor and sacrifices made by those members of our Armed Forces who honorably fought in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.No federal funds will be spent to build this memorial; all funds will be raised privately by the National Desert Storm Memorial Association.