Today marks 30 years since the end of Operation Granby, the UK contribution to the First Gulf War. 📽️👇Defence Secretary@BWallaceMP reflects on the anniversary of the conflict following a small wreath-laying service at the Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial, London. #OpGranby30
"The Last Monday in May," written by Bob Regan and Don Goodman from @operationsong with Veterans from Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, is a tribute to the spirit of Memorial Day. The entire song, along w/ some background info, is on the #VAntagePoint blog:
Unveiling the statue “No Man Left Behind” a memorial to those injured & wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. The sculptor John Phelps is a Vietnam Veteran and Gold Star father whose son Marine Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps was killed in the line of duty in 2004. #News4 @nbcwashington
One other point in today’s Morning Jolt: we’ve had many Memorial Day and Veterans Day parades, but we’ve never had a parade explicitly for our veterans of Afghanistan or Iraq.
Memorial Day will be an intensely personal experience for many veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts — about half (47%) said in our 2011 survey that they had served with a comrade who had been killed.
The Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial has now been officially unveiled outside Main Building
Her Majesty The Queen will unveil the Iraq and Afghanistan memorial today in London. Watch this video to find out more about it.