Plans call for the hundreds of thousands of American troops who led a 34-nation coalition to liberate Kuwait from Iraq’s invasion during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm to be honored with a new memorial by 2021, thanks in part to the help of a MOAA member.
Former Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), a retired Marine Corps colonel, is pushing efforts to bring the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial to Washington, D.C., in time to mark the war’s 30thanniversary. The short and successful battle represented a shift in Americans’ thoughts about war, Kline said.
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Restoration on a tower that withstood the attack on Pearl Harbor 77 years ago soon will be complete, giving visitors a 360-degree view of America's first aviation battlefield in World War II.
The Ford Island Control Tower, which sustained weather-related deterioration, will be fully restored with a working elevator through funding from U-Haul International's Shoen family, which has strong connections to the military and to World War II. Repairs on the tower began in 2010.
Tower restoration efforts will be finished by September 2020, says Elissa Lines, executive director of the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Sept. 2, 2020, will be the 75th anniversary of the Allied victory over the Japanese.
“This will be a day that we have all been dreaming about for many years,” Lines says.
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For five decades, Harvey Pratt sketched drawings of the country's most brutal murderers, including Ted Bundy, the “BTK” killer and the Green River Killer.
But in his latest work, the Marine Corps veteran and member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, will honor his heritage and Native Americans veterans.
After reviewing submissions, Pratt's vision was selected for the Native American Veterans Memorial, which will be constructed outside the National Museum of the American Indian by late 2020.
The design, “Warriors' Circle of Honor,” features a steel circle above a drum that will ripple water. It will also have a flame burning in the center of the circular monument. It incorporates four elements - earth, wind, fire and water -representing all federally recognized Native American tribes.
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A North Carolina chapter of the Military Officers Association of America recently unveiled a new memorial honoring troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in the fight against terrorism.
The Global War on Terror Monument at Freedom Memorial Park in Fayetteville was dedicated during a Memorial Day ceremony. The MOAA chapter raised more than $20,000 for the monument, nearly the entire cost to build it.
“Our members felt very strong that here in Fayetteville - and Fort Bragg being the home of the contingency corps and special operations forces - it was considered more appropriate and more urgent that we have a monument here,” said Juan Chavez, a retired Army colonel and president of the Cape Fear chapter of MOAA.
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