Leaders, Veterans, Families all Observing 30th Anniversary of Grenada Intervention

U.S. Army Rangers parachute into Grenada during Operation Urgent Fury. (DoD photo)

U.S. Army Rangers parachute into Grenada during Operation Urgent Fury. (DoD photo)

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.

President Ronald Reagan talks with Prime Minister of Dominica Eugenia Charles during a meeting on the situation in Grenada (1983)

President Ronald Reagan talks with Prime Minister of Dominica Eugenia Charles during a meeting on the situation in Grenada (1983)

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.

82nd Airborne artillery personnel load and fire M102 105 mm howitzers during Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada. (DoD photo) 82nd Airborne artillery personnel load and fire M102 105 mm howitzers during Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada. (DoD photo)

82nd Airborne artillery personnel load and fire M102 105 mm howitzers during Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada. (DoD photo)
82nd Airborne artillery personnel load and fire M102 105 mm howitzers during Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada. (DoD photo)

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.

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