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Desert Storm memorial ceremony held at Fort Stewart

FORT STEWART (WTOC) -

Fort Stewart held a memorial ceremony honoring the 25th Anniversary of Desert Storm on Friday morning.

In October 1974, the 24th Infantry Division was activated and later deployed overseas.

Today, a wreath was laid to remember 16 soldiers from the ID that lost their lives during the fight.

The division was deactivated in 1996.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony was retired General Barry McCaffrey, former 24th Infantry Division Commander.

"It's enormously moving. 25 years later to see these great soldiers come back. When we deployed out of Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield and Fort Benning, Ga, some 20,000 of us, we went off to confront aggression. We achieved our mission and came home,” said Gen. McCaffrey.

Retired Gen. McCaffrey says Friday’s ceremony was all about reconnecting and remembering.

While at the ceremony, we caught up with one of the brave soldiers deployed from Fort Benning.

"A lot of us have memories from our combat experience in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. It's just great to come back and see some old faces and make new friends. We try to take care of ourselves the best we can and our oath never expires, so any time that our nation calls, we will be there,” said retired Sgt. Kevin Harless, 24th ID. 

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