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OPERATION DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM
 - National Desert Storm Veteran's War Memorial -

 

 

Once this new veteran memorial has been built, KANSAS HONOR FLIGHT will start
sending our Kansas men and women veterans, who served during these war periods,
back to Washington, DC to visit this war memorial that was built for them.

PLEASE MAKE A DONATION NOW
SO WE WILL HAVE THE FUNDS TO SEND THEM!

The cost to send one Kansas veteran is $700.00.
(As of 4/1/2017)

 

About the National Desert Storm Memorial

On Aug. 2, 1990 Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, his small neighbor to the South and set in motion a chain of events that would impact America and the rest of the world forever. Within mere days, Operation Desert Shield was in full swing with U.S. Military Personnel streaming into Saudi Arabia. Over the next 6 months the buildup of U.S. forces would total close to 700,000 Americans. On January 16th 1991 Operation Desert Storm was launched following Saddam Hussein’s refusal to heed U.N. Resolution 678 by refusing to withdraw his Iraqi forces from Kuwait by January 15, 1991 deadline. After a more than 4 week relentless bombardment by U.S. and coalition Air Strikes, the ground phase kicked in and was completed in an astounding 100 hours!!!

History tends to overlook the uncertainty and delicate nature of the whole operation. The fact that a coalition of 34 countries had to be held together and the looming threat of Chemical and Biological warfare tends to get brushed aside when talking of Desert Shield/Storm. The 100-hour antiseptic nature of the war as presented by the news media is really what is remembered. However, as brief as it might have been, there were 293 American men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in extracting the Iraqis and liberating Kuwait.. This site as well as The National Desert Storm Memorial is dedicated to honor all those who served, as well as remembering all those who didn’t make it home!!!

It is our duty, and solemn obligation to NEVER FORGET Operation Desert Shield/Storm and the veterans who served. We need to remember this shining moment in history so that future generations know the meaning of the words: Courage, Honor, Sacrifice, and doing the right thing.

Operation Desert Storm is very unique from past and present wars and conflicts. During the height of the “Cold War” the U.S. was still haunted by the demons of The Vietnam War and the horrible memories of the way our men and women were treated upon returning home…Desert Storm had 5 clear objectives to meet. Once those objectives were met the operation was complete and our veterans came home…

Desert Storm has the unique place in history of being sandwiched between Vietnam and our current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Desert Storm helped our country close the painful wounds of Vietnam and the way our men, women, and uniform were treated during during that time… Once again we felt proud to be Americans and we were proud, supportive, and thankful for our service members and the jobs that they do….Which has carried over to the current conflicts and our men and women in uniform!!!

Founding Members Scott Stump, Brenten Byrd, and John Jordan, upon reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of Desert Storm, realized the need for a National Desert Storm Memorial in Washington, D.C. They realized how quickly time passes and that many young people under the age of 30 have no recollection of What Desert Storm is…
 

The National Desert Storm Veterans War Memorial

The design illustrations shown on this website for the National Desert Storm Veterans War Memorial are the result of a 20-month collaborative effort between the National Desert Storm War Memorial Board of Directors (NDSWMBD), numerous veterans of the war, CSO Architects, Inc., Context Landscape Architecture, and other citizen contributors who were affected by the war. During the process, the NDSWMBD and the Design Team (CSO & Context) sought a great deal of input from many stakeholders and from many veterans of the war. After months of research, surveys, contemplation and Board review sessions, the design team incorporated the Board’s and veterans’ heartfelt thoughts and suggestions directly into the memorial’s design in an effort to create a fitting, meaningful and memorable memorial experience for visitors and for those most affected by the war.

The Desert Storm War Veterans’ Survey

At the outset of the process, a survey was distributed to all Desert Storm veterans in the Board’s database and all interested veterans to contribute their thoughts and suggestions. As many veteran opinions as possible were sought. The survey asked veterans the following 5 questions:

1. What do you believe was the most historically significant or important accomplishment of the Desert Storm War?

2. What do you believe should be remembered or memorialized for our descendants about this conflict for posterity?

3. What do you believe a National Desert Storm Memorial should look like?

4. What do you believe a National Desert Storm Memorial should symbolize?

5. Please share any other thoughts, stories, letters, photos or artifacts that you wish.

All of the survey responses were tabulated into a Summary Report and then studied carefully by the National Desert Storm War Memorial Board of Directors and by the Design Team. The following (6) ideas were found to be recurring themes that were repeatedly expressed by the surveyed veterans as important and which should be reflected somehow in the memorial’s design:

The historical significance of so many nations of the free world coming together for a common cause should be a focus of the memorial. The war effort was not a unilateral US effort, but rather a multinational coalition of 34 nations. It was suggested that the design might include a “roll call of nations” or 34 symbolic pillars.
The memorial’s design should somehow reflect or recreate the desert environment where the war was fought. It might include a rippling sandstone wall or sand dune-like element.
All of the names of the fallen should be engraved into the memorial. A gold star might be incorporated for each life that was lost.
The memorial should include a lifelike statue of soldiers wearing protective masks and chemical warfare protective gear.
The memorial’s design should illustrate the “Left Hook” maneuver that was used to flank the Iraqi forces.
Bronzes of the campaign ribbons might be incorporated.
The Design

The goal of the memorial’s design is to create an educational, meaningful and deeply moving sequential experience for visitors that: 1) educates them about the historical events of the war; 2) identifies each of the coalition countries and illustrates the historical significance of the 34-nation coalition that was united to liberate Kuwait; 3) memorializes all the names of those Americans who sacrificed their lives in the war; 4) reflects the unique environmental and battle conditions experienced by our servicemen and women in this war; 5) leaves visitors with an enduring memory of the historical significance and moral accomplishments of the Desert Storm War.

Toward this end, the National Desert Storm Veterans War Memorial has been designed as an elegantly curved, massive, Kuwaiti limestone wall, which both encloses and envelopes a sacred, somber, inner memorial space. The curved wall serves many functional and symbolic purposes: first, it shields visitors and the “memorial experience” both visually and acoustically from the noisy, urban surroundings of downtown Washington, DC; second, the massive stone wall and the floor of the memorial is of earth-toned limestone, which would recall in form and color the sands of the Kuwaiti desert; and third, the curved wall, which sweeps an arc in the north and east direction, recalls the “left hook” maneuver that helped to bring the war to a timely conclusion and to minimize the loss of life in Coalition Forces. Upon entering the confine of the Memorial Wall, visitors follow a 150 foot long continuous bas-relief, which is carved into the interior surface of the Wall. It displays the flags and the fallen from each of the 34 nations in the coalition, the Desert Storm Campaign Ribbons, and it would depict the continuous historical chronology of the war’s events. The carving describes in pictographic, sculptural form all of the main historical events leading up to and including the war, as well as the lasting after effects of the war on our veterans. Then, as visitors continue past the war chronology bas-relief, they would reach the “inner sanctum” of the memorial: the portion of the Memorial Wall on which the names of the 383 U.S. servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives in the conflict would be engraved. Beneath the heading, “Here We Mark the Price of Freedom,” each of their names would be engraved within reach so that visitors could easily view, touch, photograph or create etchings of the names of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and women who lost their lives in the service of our country. After visitors have viewed the engraved names of the fallen, they might turn to view the statue of soldiers, which at this point is directly behind them. The bronze statues are startlingly lifelike renditions of 5 U.S. servicemen and women who are wearing gas masks and chemical warfare protective gear. The solid bronze statues are not elevated on a plinth, but are on the same level with visitors so that they may experience the statues more intimately, almost as though they are there in person. After this series of impactful experiences has been completed, and upon exiting the Memorial, visitors would encounter a healing quotation.

 

 

 
 
 

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