Schwarzkopf lays wreath to soldiers killed in gulf war – March 1999

Under light rain and an overcast sky, retired General Norman Schwarzkopf and Kuwait's ambassador to the United States placed a wreath yesterday to honor the U.S. soldiers who died in connection with the Persian Gulf war.

The ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, attended by about 300 of the victims' family members, marked the eighth anniversary of the gulf war's end.

Schwarzkopf said the troops he commanded “willingly faced death so that others might be free.” Fighting back tears, Schwarzkopf looked at the audience: “They were truly, truly the best thing America has to offer the world. I'm sorry I couldn't bring them all back.”

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