Americans consider themselves to be a compassionate people, and the United
States military has a long tradition of humanitarian relief operations both
within and outside the continental United States. Never has this
humanitarian impulse proven more dangerous to follow than in 1992 when the
United States intervened to arrest famine in the midst of an ongoing civil
war in the East African country of Somalia. Ultimately hundreds of thousands
were saved from starvation, but unintended involvement in Somali's civil
strife cost the lives of thirty American Soldiers, four Marines, and eight
Air Force personnel during the years of 1992 and 1994.
Shelby County VFW Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will honor those who served
during this time in "Operation Restore Hope" with a wreath laying at the
Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center on
Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 10 a.m. As always the public is invited to
honor their fellow Americans. More information call Post Quartermaster
Larry Hume at 598-2976.