Twenty-five years ago, more than 600,000 service members took part in Operation Desert Storm, at the time the largest deployment of U.S. Armed Forces since Vietnam.
Brent Ellis, now an agent at ERA Sunrise Realty’s Canton, GA office, then a private first class from Terre Haute, Indiana, was one of those who left friends and family behind to serve the nation in the decisive victory.
On Monday, Ellis will march among more than 500 Gulf War veterans in the American Veterans Center’s National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C.
“It is an honor to be selected to represent the Desert Storm Veterans in the National Memorial Day Parade, and even more of an honor to be selected to be one of 12 leaders to lead the Marchers,” Ellis shared. “We are all here to raise awareness about the National Desert Storm Memorial, we have approval to build it, and are currently going through the site selection process. We are marching for the 383 of our comrades that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country during Desert Storm.”
To mark the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm and honor those who served and sacrificed, the national Desert Storm War Memorial Association and America Veterans Center have invited more than 500 Gulf War veterans to reunite at the national Memorial Day Parade.
“While foremost our mission at the national Desert Storm War Memorial Association is to build a monument to our fallen brothers and sisters, we are also committed to honoring the many and hundreds of thousands of men and women who left homes, jobs and families to stand up for America’s values,” said Scott Stump, founder, president and CEO of the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association. “We are so glad that veterans like Brent Ellis are marching with us to teach Americans about the service and sacrifice made by all veterans of Operation Desert Storm.”
Ellis and other veterans will follow part of the same route service members returning from the Middle East marched 25 years ago, according to a news release. By honoring Gulf War veterans alongside veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the parade will cement Operation Desert Storm as one of the nation’s key battles for freedom.
In 2014, Congress passed legislation and President Barack Obama signed a law approving construction of the National Desert Storm Memorial in Washington, D.C. Since that day, the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association has been working to build the monument and aims to raise the millions of dollars needed to support that mission.
“We are here to not only to commemorate the 25th anniversary, but also to build awareness which will also lead to fundraising because right now the projected cost is about $23 million for the memorial,” Ellis said.
To learn more about the Desert Storm War Memorial Association and its participation in the Memorial Day Parade, contact Fred Wellman, public relations chair, NDSWM board of directors at 202-957-2688 firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about the American Veterans Center’s National Memorial Day Parade, visit www.americanveteranscenter.org/avc-events/parade/.