The "Crossed Swords" Complex
Iraq's interim Government officially recognized the role of the Iraq
Memory Foundation in 2004, granting it long-term use of the "Crossed
Swords" ceremonial parade grounds complex in Baghdad. In February
2005 that official order was formalized with a 40-year lease. When
the Foundation completes planning, design and construction of the
"Crossed Swords" complex, it will serve as nucleus for all its
activities and programs, functioning as archive, museum, memorial
and a center of culture and scholarship.
"The Iraq Memory Foundation shall establish a national institution
located in the center of Baghdad, at the Ceremonial Parade Grounds
and the Arches of Victory, to gather these testimonies, documents
and artifacts. This institution will be a landmark in the capital,
open to all citizens, and shall be a national endowment."