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Veterans commemorate Desert Storm anniversary

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Lynette Lewis and John Roth, co-organizers of the Jan. 17 Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm commemoration (DeAnne LeBlanc photo)

It’s been 30 years since Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and on Jan. 17, area veterans gathered to remember those who served in the conflict. 

VFW #5077, Marine Corps League #725, Vietnam Veterans of America #458 and Am Vets #106 planned and hosted the commemoration that was held at the VFW Post #5077 in O’Fallon. The ceremony included the Posting of the Colors and a proclamation presentation by O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy. 

“I knew I wanted to do something,”co-organizer Lynette Lewis said. “As a Desert Storm vet myself, I wanted to bring recognition to all Storm vets and honor those that aren’t with us anymore.”

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Participants at the Jan. 17 Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm commemoration (DeAnne LeBlanc photo)

Lewis noted that several military organizations came together as one to help make the event meaningful and special. 

“I can’t thank them enough for their support and to everyone that came, thank you!” she exclaimed.

Army veteran John Roth acknowledged that many veterans have faced and overcome profound challenges, both physically and emotionally, in defense of our nation’s freedom. 

“It is imperative that our community continue to provide care to our veterans and make sure they have the support they have earned and deserve,” Roth said. “We want the community to know that we (local veterans organizations) are here for veterans that need or want help. We are here all the time for anybody and everybody to do our part for the community.”

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