The Commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Desert Shield and Desert Storm

February 27, 2021
10:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial
6112 POW-MIA Memorial Pkwy
Jacksonville, FL 32221
The Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial Invites You to The Commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
In August 1990, the United States launched Operation DESERT SHIELD, leading 35 nations to stand against an unprovoked Iraq invasion and occupation of Kuwait. This operation build-up culminated on 17 January 1991, with the unleashing of Operation DESERT STORM, comprising the largest coalition of allied nations as a single combat force since World War II. On 28 February 1991, President George H. W. Bush declared the suspension of offensive actions, signaling the end of hostilities, and the successful liberation of Kuwait. The participation of the Jacksonville military community alone included 27 squadrons, 14 Naval and Military Sealift Command ships, and countless staff and medical detachments.

To honor the 30th anniversary of Operation DESERT SHIELD and Operation DESERT STORM, and specifically those who served from the Jacksonville area units, the Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial is hosting a commemoration ceremony commencing at 10:30 on Saturday, February 27, 2021. The ceremony will be held at the Chapel of the High-Speed Pass and on the future site of the National POW/MIA Memorial and Museum located within the former Master Jet Base, NAS Cecil Field. This tribute will include the dedication of the Aircrewman Memorial, and the Gold Star Families Memorial. A Bar-B-Que Luncheon will be served to attendees.

Event Activities
  • Commemoration of 30th Anniversary of Desert Shield and Desert Storm (Inside Chapel)
  • Dedication of the Aircrewman Memorial
  • Dedication of the Gold Star Families Memorial (Outside Chapel)
  • Bar-B-Que Luncheon (Tent Area)

Uniform of the Day
  • Flight Jacket
  • Business Casual