National Infantry Museum to remember Desert Shield, Desert Storm

The National Infantry Museum, located in Columbus, Ga., will be paying tribute to the men and women killed in the Gulf War during a special event this Memorial Day.

“We won rapidly in the Gulf War, but more than 400 men and women gave their lives,” retired Col. Greg Camp, executive vice president of the National Infantry Foundation, said in a news release.

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the war, the museum is hosting the “Gulf War Twentieth Anniversary National Tribute” from 9-11 a.m. on May 26. Organizers say they are expecting thousands to attend the event, which will feature the laying of commemorative granite stones for each person killed during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

“This event is a long overdue national tribute to the sacrifices our military heroes made to enable a clear victory by the United States and coalition forces,” Infantry Foundation Chairman Lt. Gen. Carmen Cavezza said in a news release. “This will be the first official recognition of all Gulf War men and women who died in service.”

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park is located outside Fort Benning and showcases the infantry soldier’s service in the country’s wars. The museum is the “only interactive Army museum in the United States.”

“The Gulf War was a decisive military action,” Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, who will serve as the event’s emcee, said in a news release. “Anyone who comes to the Infantry Museum and sees the powerful exhibits from all of America’s wars will understand how appropriate it is that the Gulf War commemoration be hosted here. As a participant in the Gulf War, I am proud that America is giving recognition to those who served and died for their country.”

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