Bush calls end to hostilities

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 1, 2003

President George W. Bush called an end to hostilities in an address to the nation Thursday night.

President Bush, aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln announced that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended."

He called the defeat of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime "one victory in the war on terrorism."

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For Jason Reeves, whose brother John is deployed at Fort Benning, there's still uncertainty whether or not the unit will head to Iraq.

"It's hard to say what (Bush's speech) means for us because John's still sitting there at Fort Benning. Their equipment is still in Iraq, and … somebody's got to occupy (Iraq)," he said.

"It's great that we were successful, but a high price was paid - just ask Ed Brown and his family just what high price was paid, but it was so much more successful than anybody thought it would be," Reeves said.

While President Bush told sailors, Marines and other military men and women aboard the Lincoln they would be returning home, Elly Reeves, Jason's wife, summed up what is on the minds of many whose loved ones are still deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"All I really care about hearing is when my brother-in-law is leaving and what he's doing," she said of the President's speech.