Tuesday, February 20, 2001

Arlington ceremony to honor war dead

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The 10th annual Persian Gulf War remembrance ceremony, sponsored by No Greater Love, takes place at noon Sunday in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., where many of the military personnel killed during the war are buried.

        The ceremony will take place near the base of the London Plane Tree, a hybrid tree dedicated in 1992 to the memories of the more than 300 American soldiers killed during the conflict. At the base of the tree sits a commemorative black granite stone, a memorial to all who died.

        The Persian Gulf War started Jan. 17, 1991, and ended when a cease-fire went into effect Feb. 28, 1991.

        No Greater Love, a nonprofit group, was founded in 1971 by Carmella LaSpada, a one-time White House special projects aide. She organized a 1967 USO tour to Southeast Asia and met thousands of wounded soldiers who had seen their friends die. One of those soldiers, a medic who tried to save 35 of his buddies in combat, gave her his black battalion scarf and asked her to remember them.

        She founded No Greater Love as a way of memorializing not only those soldiers, but all American soldiers who gave their lives in service of their country. The agency also holds remembrance ceremonies for survivors of those killed in plane crashes, natural disasters or acts of terrorism.

        For information about the remembrance ceremonies or to donate, call (202) 783-4665 or go to No Greater Love's Web site, www.ngl.org.


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