General Fred Franks 2015 Memorial Day Message

By May 18, 2015News

As we approach the sacred day of Memorial Day in America where we honor our men and women who died in military service, Denise and I, on behalf of our VII Corps Desert Storm Veterans Association, are reaching out to you and your Families. Each year at our VII Corps Reunion Chaplain Col (ret) Wayne Lehrer conducts a military Memorial Service where our past Association President MG (ret) John Altenburg reads each of the 111 names of our VII Corps Desert Storm Soldiers who in Lincoln’s words, “gave that last full measure of devotion.” One of our former commanders gives commander remarks as is appropriate at these ceremonies.

We said at the end of Desert Storm nearly 25 years ago that “we will never forget” and we have not forgotten our VII Corps comrades nor as a Nation all those who have fallen in military service.

May we all pause in our own way this Memorial Day 2015 in deep remembrance to honor those Soldiers who gave it all in military service–and their Families.

We look forward to seeing many of you at our 25th Reunion the weekend of 26-28 February 2016 in Washington DC.

Fred Franks
Gen, US Army (ret.)
Chairman VII Corps DSVA Board