Desert Storm Vet To March In DC

NORWICH– On Memorial Day, thousands of Desert Storm Veterans will join parades around the country to salute fallen troops and veterans while raising awareness of a new memorial that will be built in their honor in Washington, DC. In Norwich, Sergeant Craig Hackett will join one of the largest group of veterans in the National Day Parade that begins at 2 p.m., on Monday, May 29 on Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC. The annual parade is produced by the American Veterans Center.

Sergeant Craig Hackett is a veteran of the US Army, who served from 1986 through 1994. Hackett was assigned to the infamous first Infantry Division (Big Red One) in Goppingen Germany at the time of Desert Storm. When called up for Desert Shield his unit was attached to the second Armor Division Forward in Germany to provide secure communications between them and the first Infantry Division Main (FL. Riley Kansas).

“I will be marching with my brother and sisters who are Desert Storm Veterans, to raise awareness of our mission to build a National Desert Storm War Memorial honoring the 383 paying the ultimate sacrifice in that war, including Sergeant Thomas Walrath who is buried here at Mount Hope Cemetery in Norwich. This is the only major war of the 20 century that does not have a memorial in our nation's’ capitol and after 26 years we think it’s about time. The WWII veterans waited 50 years and many passed on before they could see it, we would like to not follow in those historical footsteps”, said Hackett.

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