To the Members of VII Corps Desert Storm Veterans Association:
Your able leader and my respected friend, General Franks, wrote me about your upcoming 25th reunion, and I am very happy to have the opportunity to send greetings to all gathered for this milestone occasion.
The decision to commit our sons and daughters to battle is never easy for a President. But after Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, we had no choice but to take a stand against this act of aggression. I had full confidence in the ability of our military to complete our mission, and VII Corps exceeded my expectations -no surprise there. You maintained a legacy of operational excellence, and the role you played in achieving our objective was immeasurable.
Both Barbara and I have a special place in our hearts for the military members and families who served during Operation Desert Storm. Also close to our hearts are memories of heroes who never came home, and I join you in paying special tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
This Navy man and former Commander-in-Chief salutes every veteran in attendance and thanks you for your service to our country. I hope that this reunion is an occasion marked by pride in your selfless contribution to a successful mission. Certainly, my pride in each one of you knows no bounds.
With respect and lasting gratitude,
George H.W. Bush