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Iraq-Kuwait Conflict: Anniversaries

Defence written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Percy Andrew Percy Conservative, Brigg and Goole

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what events he plans to hold to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Gulf War.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

There are currently no plans for the UK to hold any official events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Gulf war.

However, an invitation has been received from the Government of Kuwait to take part in activities this year to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their liberation during the first Gulf war as well as the 50th anniversary of their independence from the UK. The first of such events is the Liberation Day parade to be held in Kuwait City in late February at which the UK will be represented by units from the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force as well as senior veterans from the conflict.

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Kerry Fuller
Posted on 22 Jan 2011 2:42 pm (Report this annotation)

So even at the Kuwait events are there to be no actual Veterans of The Gulf War invited to attend?. If this is also the case then it is also outrageous. Why are we ignored & forgotten?.

Kerry Fuller
Posted on 22 Jan 2011 2:46 pm (Report this annotation)

Sorry, I amend the above. Why are only Senior Veterans ie Ex Senior Officers being invited (by our Government) and none of the actual ground troops?.

Jim Heaney
Posted on 15 Mar 2011 1:53 pm (Report this annotation)

Looks like any of us that are still left will have our day in 2016 on the 25th Anniversary