Vevay native Mark Dunning to march in National Memorial Day Parade

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Twenty-five years ago, more than 600,000 service members took part in ‘Operation Desert Storm’, at the time the largest deployment of U.S. Armed Forces since Vietnam.

Switzerland County native Mark Dunning, then an Air Force Staff Sergeant, was one of those who left friends and family behind to serve our nation and secure a victory for freedom.

On Monday, May 30th, Dunning will march among more than 500 Gulf War veterans in the American Veterans Center’s National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC.

Mark Dunning is the son of the late Francis and Clara Dunning. His is a 1979 graduate of Switzerland County Jr-Sr. High School, and still has family and friends in Switzerland County.

He currently lives in Woodbridge, Virginia.

To mark the 25th anniversary of ‘Operation Desert Storm’ and honor those who served and sacrificed, the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association and America Veterans Center have invited more than 500 Gulf War veterans to reunite at the National Memorial Day Parade. The veterans are participating thanks to the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association and its mission to honor the legacy of the Gulf War though building a monument in the nation’s capital to the 383 service members who fell during the war and honoring those who served in this pivotal moment in world history.

“While foremost our mission at the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association is to build a monument to our fallen brothers and sisters, we are also committed to honoring the many hundreds of thousands of men and women who left homes, jobs, and families to stand up for America’s values,” said Scott Stump, Founder, President and CEO of the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association. “We are so glad that veterans like Mark Dunning are marching with us to teach Americans about the service and sacrifice made by all veterans of Operation Desert Storm.”

Dunning and other veterans will follow part of the same route service members returning from the Middle East marched 25 years ago. Like their comrades of the past, Dunning will be met with the cheers of hundreds of thousands of patriotic Americans. By honoring Gulf War veterans alongside veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and our most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the parade will cement ‘Operation Desert Storm’ as one of our nation’s key battles for freedom.

In 2014, Congress passed legislation and President Barack Obama signed a law approving construction of the National Desert Storm War Memorial in Washington, DC. Since that day, the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association has been working to build the monument and aims to raise the millions of dollars needed to support that mission.

To learn more about the Desert Storm War Memorial Association and its participation in the Memorial Day Parade, contact Fred Wellman, Public Relations Chair, NDSWM Board of Directors at (202) 957-2688 or fred.wellman@ndswm.org. To learn more about the American Veterans Center’s National Memorial Day Parade, visit http://www.americanveteranscenter.org/avc-events/parade/.