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Government Seeks Comments On Future Desert Storm Memorial

During the first Gult War, named Operation Desert Storm, American soldiers wave to the camera from a truck as their convoy moves into Iraq, February 24, 1991. (Photo by Ken Jarecke/Department Of Defense (DOD)/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Are you a Desert Storm/Desert Shield veteran? Do you know one? Are you just interested in having a say on the future National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial? If so, the National Park Service wants to hear from you.

The National Desert Storm War Memorial Association, in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS), is seeking public comments on the potential design and location of the proposed National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial (NDSWM).

The purpose of the Memorial is to commemorate and honor military members who served on active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm or Operation Desert Shield. Congress authorized establishment of the Memorial on federal land in DC in Public Law 113-291. After considering the public comments along with a new comprehensive evaluation of five sites, three sites were identified as finalists for consideration as a site for the Memorial:

  1. Constitution Avenue near 23rd Street NW (north of the Lincoln Memorial, right next to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial)
  2. the historic Constitution Avenue Belvedere near Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW (near the Lincoln Memorial and on the shores of the Potomac River)
  3. Walt Whitman Park on E Street NW (about 2 blocks SW of the White House)

Memorial design concepts for the three sites have been prepared for public comment and can be seen on the National Park website.

The public is invited to identify any issues or concerns they might have with the design of the proposed memorial so that the NPS can appropriately consider them.

A public meeting will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on March 27, 2018 at 2020 K Street NW, Washington, DC to seek public comments on the proposed locations and designs.

You don't have to attend the meeting to make your feelings heard. You can check out the locations and designs on the bottom of the National Park Service website and submit your comments to the Park Service directly from the webpage. Emailed comments must be submitted by Apr 13, 2018 at 11:59 PM Mountain Time.

You can also mail comments to:

Karen L. Cucurullo
Attn: National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial EA
National Park Service
National Mall and Memorial Parks
900 Ohio Dr. SW
Washington, DC 20024

Mailed comments must be postmarked by April 13, 2018 to receive consideration.

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