Cold War Veterans Memorial

The vision of the Cold War Veterans Memorial is to create permanent recognition that stimulates ongoing thought, and study which honors American military and civilians who served and sacrificed during the Cold War era.

In line with the Pritzker Military Museum & Library’s mission, the Cold War Veterans Memorial aims to increase the public understanding of military history. It will be a lasting tribute to the courage and tenacity found in the U.S. Armed Forces and civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served during the Cold War era, September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991.

The Memorial will be a publicly accessible display where citizens can honor, reflect and learn about the bravery and sacrifice displayed to further the freedom that our country enjoys.

Design Competition

To identify the most fitting design to embody the vision of the Cold War Veterans Memorial, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library will host an international design competition. Starting April 1, 2021, the competition will be a juried, two-stage process. Stage I will be an open call to submit design concepts for the memorial and will end on June 15, 2021. In Stage II, the selected finalists will evolve their concepts for the memorial to create fully defined designs. The Pritzker Military Museum & Library looks forward to seeing many inspiring ideas for honoring our veterans and creating a truly exceptional Cold War Veterans Memorial.

For more information on the design competition and directions on how to participate, visit the Cold War Veterans Memorial website.