The concept design for the National Desert Storm War Memorial has been approved

Elizabeth Howe
November 26, 2019 - 9:55 am
Desert Storm


The concept design for the National Desert Storm War Memorial has been unanimously approved — bringing the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association one step closer to the goal its been working towards since 2011. 

The design — approved by the Commission of Fine Arts — commemorates the historical significance of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Next up for the design comes Final Design Approval which includes detailing quotes, fonts, images, bronze sculptures, and carvings. Construction is planned to be completed by Veterans Day 2021.

The NDSWM Association first received legislation from former President Barack Obama in December of 2014 — but it wasn't until March 2017 that President Donald Trump authorized the memorial to be built near the National Mall. The site location was finally approved in June 2018 near the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 

“I, along with our entire team are grateful to receive Concept Approval for the National Desert Storm & Desert Shield Memorial from the Commission of Fine Arts," said Scott Stump, CEO and president of NDSWM. "Our team has dedicated the past 12 months to develop the Memorial’s iconic and timeless design. Our eternal thanks go out to the entire design team, along with the Commission of Fine Arts, and the National Park Service for helping us reach this very important milestone.”

A press conference unveiling the final design will be held next month.

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