Desert Storm Memorial Now Stands In Lucedale

A stone memorial now sits in front of the Lucedale National Guard Armory to honor the 81 men and women of that company who served in Desert Storm.

"The act of going over there and doing what we did just really came natural," Sgt. James Mote said. "But the idea that there are people that do remember you in the country, in your community, and your family, it does go deep, and it means a whole lot."

Those feelings are especially true for the Howell family. Elaine Howell's late husband, 1st Sgt. Ralph Howell, died last October from a lung disease. The memorial is dedicated in his memory.

"Ralph was a special man," she said. "Of course, I'm prejudiced about that deal."

"It wasn't really like working for a commander or a first sergeant. It was more like just a father figure kind of relationship," Sgt. Mote said.

It's been 10 years since the company came home from the war. Members say an event like this one brings back memories.

"It's a lasting memory, and it's unique because it's always, it's a mixed up thing. It's joy mixed with emotion," Sgt. Mote said.

"It brought back a whole lot of memories, a few things that we went through, the hard work that we put in," Sgt. Ronald Brecks said.

That work is now greatly appreciated by those in this community.