On August 2, 1990, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein -- the Iraqi tyrant greedy for domination of the Middle East -- launched a brutal assault on the tiny, defenseless country of Kuwait. In response to Hussein's naked aggression, U.S. President George Bush initiated Operation Desert Shield -- a unilateral mobilization of both active and reserve military forces to Saudi Arabia.
On January 16, the day after a United Nations deadline directing Hussein to withdraw from Kuwait, word came. Operation Desert Storm -- the liberation of Kuwait -- had begun. For the next forty-three days, more than half a million American sons and daughters from all five branches of service -- the Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines and Coast Guard -- battled an implacable enemy. Vastly outnumbered, they fought valiantly and achieved one stunning victory after another. On February 28, Saddam Hussein -- his heinous war machine decimated and his army in rout -- capitulated.
This artwork is dedicated to the Heroes of Desert Storm, the brave men and women who did the hard work of freedom in January and February 1991 and is a magnificent tribute to our Armed Forces, who answered the call to arms and braved a merciless despot to sever the shackles of oppression in Kuwait.