Leaders, Veterans, Families all Observing 30th Anniversary of Grenada Intervention
U.S. military and civilian leaders, Grenadian senior officials, community representatives, along with military veterans, and families of U.S. service members killed during military operations in Grenada observed the 30th Anniversary of the U.S.-Caribbean intervention which began October 25, 1983 to restore security and democratic institutions in the Eastern Caribbean island state. In Grenada, the anniversary is called Thanksgiving Day.
U.S. Marine Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, visited Grenada, October 24-25, he joined U.S. Ambassador Larry Palmer, Grenada Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, Grenada Governor General Cecile La Grenade, U.S. military veterans of the operation, families of U.S. troops who died during the operation, and the people of Grenada to honor the memory of those killed in the intervention and commemorate the start of the mission three decades ago.
These were some of the events to commemorate the intervention on Friday 25 October 2013 in Grenada:
- 10 a.m.: Thanksgiving Day Ecumenical Service, St. John’s Anglican Church, Gouyave.
- 3:30 p.m.: Wreath Laying at the Intervention Memorial Monument, near Maurice Bishop International Airport.
- 5 p.m.: Memorial Ceremony at the monument to U.S. service members who lost their lives during the intervention, St. George’s University, True Blue Campus.. Participating speakers include: Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, Grenada; Gen. John Kelly, U.S. Southern Command and Chancellor Charles R. Modica, St. George’s University.
- 6 p.m.: Question and answer session with Memorial Ceremony speakers at St. George’s University.