- Associated Press - Saturday, March 6, 2021

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - U.S. Sens. Maggie Hassan and New Hampshire and Joni Ernst of Iowa are leading a bipartisan effort to build a memorial on the National Mall in Washington to honor the troops who served during the “Global War on Terror.”

The memorial “will pay tribute to all of the service members who gave their lives so that Americans can stay safe, secure, and free,” Hassan, a Democrat, said in a statement last week. “While we can never repay the sacrifice of these brave individuals and their families, the memorial will help all Americans remember those who have given their lives in this ongoing conflict.”

Ernst, a Republican, commanded 150 troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom and is the first female combat veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate.

“As someone who had my boots in the sand in Iraq and Kuwait, I know firsthand the sacrifices the millions of brave men and women of our armed forces made in defense of our nation and our freedom,” Ernst said.

In 2017, Ernst helped create a private foundation for the memorial.

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