- The Washington Times - Monday, March 3, 2003

The specter of war against Iraq loomed large yesterday as dignitaries and families of fallen soldiers gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the lives lost in the 1991 Persian Gulf war.
"It brings back memories of 12 years ago, because we are still dealing with the same tyrant," Annette Brown said of the 12th annual remembrance ceremony.
Her son, Timothy A. Shaw, a private in the U.S. Army reserve, and 27 other soldiers were killed when an Iraqi Scud missile hit their barrack during Operation Desert Storm.
"I just think about the military stationed all over the world and pray for them every day," Mrs. Brown said.
The ceremony honored the more than 400 U.S. soldiers who lost their lives in operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Provide Comfort. It was organized by No Greater Love, a nonprofit group founded in 1971 to provide remembrance programs and care for families of those who died in wars.
The hourlong memorial included military musicians performing "Morning Has Broken," "On Eagle's Wings" and "Amazing Grace."
Flags representing the 10 countries that lost soldiers as part of the U.S.-led coalition were placed at a memorial by Kuwaiti children. Roses were placed at the graves of the more than a dozen Gulf war soldiers buried in the cemetery.
Gen. John M. Keane, vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army, told the crowd of hundreds that the country would forever be indebted to those who died in the 1991 war.
Ryan Crocker, deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs and a former U.S. ambassador to Kuwait, said that many more soldiers would give their lives if the nation again wages war with Iraq.
Dave Sherwood brought his 3-year-old son, Max, to honor the boy's fallen uncle, James H. Love.
"You have got to pay your respects to the people who protect us," Mr. Sherwood said. "I feel it is the least I can do." He also said his family's loss did not diminish his support for another war against Iraq.
"Nobody wants to go to war, but it's something that has to be done," Mr. Sherwood said.
Mer Za Hasan, cultural consul at the Kuwait Embassy, said his countrymen will not forget how the United States defended them against Iraqi aggression.
To demonstrate their appreciation, the embassy held a reception for the families Saturday night. "We came here to give our respect for those who died in the Gulf war," he said.

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