In total, 146 U.S. service members were killed in the fighting, and 467 others injured.
“People forget that we liberated a country. Sometimes we take that for granted,” said Stump, a Marine Corps veteran from the conflict. “We altered the course of history. That needs to be commemorated.”
VFW National Commander John Biedrzycki Jr. said the effort to recognize that work gets more difficult as time passes.
This is still early in (the memorial process), but we’re not early on this idea,” he said. “The recognition of service of troops from that era, those combat veterans and what they accomplished, those were tremendous accomplishments.”