The upcoming National Memorial Day Parade will have local representation as Stonington resident and Desert Storm Veteran Chad Weber marches with over 500 Gulf War veterans in the parade in Washington. Weber spoke with Regional Radio News recently about how he volunteered to participate in the parade.
The veterans are participating in the parade thanks to the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association, whose mission is to honor Gulf War Veterans by building a monument in the capital to honor those who served and died in the first Gulf War. Weber reminded everybody that although Memorial Day is a day for barbeques and an unofficial start to the summer for many, that the real reason for the holiday is much more important.
This year’s parade marks the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm. Weber and other veterans will follow part of the same route service members returning from the Middle East marched 25 years ago.