Colorado rep planning sunrise run to possible sites for military memorial

Colorado Democratic Rep. Jason Crow said he would lead a sunrise run Tuesday on the National Mall to raise awareness for a proposed military memorial in downtown Washington, D.C.

Last week, Crow and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), who are both veterans, introduced the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act, which authorizes three potential locations near the Mall’s iconic Tidal Basin for the establishment of a memorial honoring service members of recent military operations.

The run will start next to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then pass through several other downtown sites, including Constitution Gardens, West Potomac Park and the JFK Hockey Fields before ending near the World War II Memorial, according to a press release.

“I learned in the Army one of the best ways to wake up is with a morning run. So, after introducing legislation with @RepGallagher to build a memorial to veterans of the Global War on Terror in Washington, we’re going on a sunrise run to the potential sites,” Crow tweeted Monday.

Crow and Gallagher will be joined by three other House lawmakers who have served in the military since the 9/11 attacks.

The introduction of the legislation comes after Congress approved language banning authorized war memorials on federal land until a decade after the conflict ends, the news outlet notes. Gallagher has since introduced a measure, which President Trump has signed, that overrides this requirement.

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