Lakeland in Polk County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm
Veterans Memorial Park
“This will not stand, this aggression
President George H.W. Bush
On 2 August 1990 the Iraqi Army invaded and occupied Kuwait, which was met with international condemnation and brought immediate economic sanctions against Iraq by members of the UN Security Council. Together with the United Kingdom Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, American President George H.W. Bush deployed US ground, air, and sea forces into Saudi Arabia. An array of nations joined the coalition, forming the largest military alliance since World War II. The majority of the coalition’s military forces were from the US, with Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and Egypt as leading contributors. The initial conflict to expel Iraqi troops from Kuwait began with an aerial and naval bombardment on 17 January 1991, continuing for five weeks. This was followed by a ground assault on 24 February resulting in a decisive victory for the coalition forces, who liberated Kuwait and advanced into Iraqi territory. The coalition ceased its advance and declared a ceasefire 100 hours after the ground
This monument pays tribute to those Polk County men and women who answered their nation’s call to fight against tyranny.
Erected 2020 by City of Lakeland and the Polk County Veterans.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, 1st Iraq & Desert Storm. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #41 George H.W. Bush series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 17, 1991.
Location. 28° 2.405′ N, 81° 57.996′ W. Marker is in Lakeland, Florida, in Polk County. Memorial can be reached from Lake Beulah Drive, 0.1 miles north of Lime Street, in the median. The marker is located on the grounds of Veterans Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 141 Lake Beulah Drive, Lakeland FL 33801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); “The Greatest Generation” (here, next to this marker); “The Great War” (here, next to this marker); Republic of Vietnam (here, next to this marker); No Longer the Forgotten War (here, next to this marker); Global War on Terrorism Freedom Memorial (within shouting Serving Those Who Served (within shouting distance of this marker); 9/11 Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lakeland.
Also see . . . Veterans Memorial Park. (Submitted on March 15, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
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