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The Gulf War memorial is being built in Washington DC

WASHINGTON—Over 30 years after US-led international military coalition expelled occupying Iraqi troops from Kuwait, planners have broken ground on the long-simmering plans for a Gulf War memorial. Hu

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Washington, D.C. The construction of the long-anticipated Gulf War memorial has begun, more than 30 years after occupying Iraqi troops were driven out of Kuwait by an international military coalition led by the United States.

On Thursday morning, a large crowd gathered for a ceremony to officially break ground for the memorial at the intersection of Constitution and 23rd streets. After the idea was given the go-ahead by Congress in 2014, organizers have been working toward building the memorial for years.

Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., who co-authored the legislation authorizing the memorial’s construction, stated, “We’re here because we all think that remembering these American troops is a good cause.” “A significant moment in our nation’s legacy of opposing tyranny,” he said of the struggle.

The memorial association’s CEO, Scott Stump, described years of “toil, battle anguish, heartbreak, ups and downs,” with fundraising difficulties and numerous design alterations.

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“They claimed that not enough organizations were considering our message, “added Stump. When finished, the memorial, which will be built in a prominent spot close to both the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is expected to draw millions of visitors.

The monument, which will be called the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial, would have a circular open-air design with elements intended to mimic the sand dunes of the desert warfare.

It was an appropriate monument to the 299 American soldiers who lost their lives in the fight, according to Admiral Christopher Grady, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“Today we honor those who served in the military and all those who supported them, “added he.

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Grady also used the Gulf War as a case study on how nations came together and worked together to safeguard Kuwait’s sovereignty.

The friends we have that others don’t is one of our competitive advantages, he remarked.

The Kuwaiti government actively participated in the plan’s development and contributed $10 million to the cause.

The long-serving Kuwaiti ambassador Salem Al-Sabah thanked the United States on Thursday on behalf of the Kuwaiti people. “A mark of gratitude to the great troops who helped free my country,” Al-Sabah said of the memorial.

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