Virtual Event: 30th Anniversary Memorial Service and Reunion
Acting in an abundance of caution and with an eye toward the safety of our membership and guests, we have cancelled the in-person celebration (29 Apr - 2 May) and will conduct a virtual ceremony to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD/STORM on 1 May via ZOOM (time TBD).
We held off on making the decision as long as possible, but after consulting with Arlington County, The Military District of Washington, and the Crystal Gateway Marriott, we believe this to be the right decision to mitigate risk for all involved.
The plan for the virtual ceremony is being finalized, but it will last for approximately one hour. We will announce our scholarship winners, hear from our Chairman and VII Corps Commanding General (General (Ret) Fred Franks), receive a video message from the 39th Chief of Staff of the Army (General James McConville), and “call the roll” to honor our 111 VII Corps war dead.
More information will follow shortly with the ZOOM link; I just wanted to get a WARNO out to all soonest for planning purposes. Thanks for your continued support and flexibility. Please stay safe.
MARK A. RADO
Colonel, USA Retired
President, VII Corps DSVA
PS: We have locked in dates for the 31st Anniversary Reunion Weekend; 24 - 27 February 2022 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.