Pivot Point

A First Look at the National Desert Storm War Memorial

October 30, 2019 - March 1, 2020
The Iwo Jima and John Paul Jones Rooms

A first look at the forthcoming National Desert Storm War Memorial, which will soon break ground on the National Mall.

Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield were the first major foreign crises for the United States after the end of the Cold War. The successful completion of Desert Storm was one of the swiftest in history, which restored the American military to prominence after years of disrepute in the aftermath of Vietnam.

On view in this exhibition, the memorial’s plans, drawings, and designs offer an inspiring vision for the forthcoming memorial.

Approved by Congress and the President in March 2017 and slated for completion in 2021, the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial will honor and commemorate the events of The Persian Gulf War. The Memorial will be built across from the Vietnam War Memorial at Constitution and 23rd St NW, just north of the Lincoln Memorial.

This exhibition was produced in collaboration with The National Desert Storm War Memorial Association. Please note that the project is still in the development stages, which will lead to changes in the final memorial design.