Gulf War remembrance ceremony in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A ceremony to honor those from Illinois who served during Operation Desert Storm is planned Friday in Springfield.

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is hosting the event at 11 a.m. at the Illinois State Military Museum. The ceremony is open to the public.

Fourteen Illinois military personnel died during Desert Storm. They served with the U.S.-led international coalition that ultimately drove Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait 23 years ago.

Friday’s ceremony takes place on the anniversary of the end of the war. Coalition forces, under the command of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, ceased offensive operations against the Iraqis at 8:01 a.m., Feb. 28, 1991.

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