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Lewiston military veteran marches in National Memorial Day parade


Tue, May 28th 2024 06:00 pm

Preparations underway to begin construction on Desert Shield & Desert Storm Memorial in Washington, D.C.

On Memorial Day, hundreds of veterans who served during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 were set to visit this nation’s Capital to honor those who died during their military service.

William F. Cody, of Lewiston, was set to march in one of the largest groups of veterans in the National Memorial Day Parade on Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C.

Less than one mile from the parade route is the land where the Desert Shield and Desert Storm Memorial will be constructed. Projected completion and dedication of the memorial is fall 2025.

Cee Freeman, vice president of the National Desert Storm Memorial Association, said, “During Operation Desert Storm, I served with the finest fighting force ever assembled. Thirty-three years later, I am honored to be in the official reviewing stand on Memorial Day to witness their commitment, honor and veneration for the men and women who died while serving.“

Cody, a U.S. Army veteran currently battling kidney cancer, served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm with the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Division. He had the distinct honor of carrying the state flag of New York in the parade.

More information on the Desert Shield and Desert Storm Memorial can be found at www.ndswm.org.

Since 2011, the National Desert Storm Memorial Association (NDSMA) has worked to see creation of the Desert Shield and Desert Storm Memorial at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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