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Memorial Day 2013

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During Memorial Day weekend ABMC sites throughout the world will pay tribute to the more than 218,000 individuals commemorated at these overseas cemeteries. Events are planned in France, England, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Luxembourg, the Philippines, Tunisia, Panama and Mexico.

Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium

Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
If you’re a next of kin and you’re planning to attend the ceremony, please contact the cemetery to let them know.

Luxembourg American Cemetery in Luxembourg
Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

Planned Participants and Attendees:

·         Host: Robert Mandell, U.S Ambassador to Luxembourg

·         Guest Speaker: Lt. Gen Craig Franklin – Commander 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Forces

·         United State Air Forces Band Europe

·         Color Guard - Ramstein Air Base Germany

·         Honor Platoon – 726 Air Mobility Squadron 52nd Fighter Wing Spangdhalem Germany (Volunteers)

·         Firing Detail – Ramstein Air Base Germany (Volunteers)

·         Luxembourg Army Winds Section Diekirch Luxembourg

·         Luxembourg Army Color Guard Diekirch Luxembourg

·         Cub Scout Troop 156 Ramstein Germany

·         Girl Scout Troop 165 Spangdhalem Germany

·         Boy Scout Troop 198 Spangdhalem Germany

·         Boy Scout Troop 243 Landstuhl Germany

·         Quadriga Association of the Benelux World War II Military Vehicle Association

·         Family member of individual buried at Luxembourg American Cemetery

·         World War II veteran

 

Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Belgium
Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. 

Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines
Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.

Planned Events, Participants and Attendees:

·         Playing of the Philippines and U.S. national anthems

·         Master of Ceremonies Lt. Col. Michael R. Ercolano, III

·         Presentation of Colors

·         Guest speakers to include Robert F. Lane, Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr., Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista, Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck, Jr., and ABMC Pacific Regional Director Larry  A. Adkison

·         Invocation by Pastor Charlie  Pridmore, Memorial Prayer by Rabbi Eliyahu Azaria, and Benediction by Father Joel E. Sulse, OFM

·         Wreath-laying by Gen. Emmanuel  T. Bautista, Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines; his Excellency Harry K. Thomas, Jr., United States Ambassador  to the Philippines; and representatives of civic, military and veterans organizations

·         National Moment of Remembrance Tribute

·         Ceremonial salute by the Philippine Army Honor Guard

·         Playing of “Taps,” and retiring of the colors

·         Participation by U.S. Marine Corps and Philippine Army

 

Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France
Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 9:45 a.m.
Due to large attendance, it’s recommended you arrive one hour prior to the start of the ceremony.

Rhone American Cemetery in France

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

Planned Events, Participants and Attendees:

·         Wreath-laying

·         Guest speakers to include the Mayor of Draguignan and ABMC Commissioner Darrell Dorgan,  and individuals from the U.S. military, U.S. Consul General, AMVETs, and The McCormick Foundation

·         Dedication of the new carillon

·         Singing of the U.S. and French national anthems

·         U.S. military color guard and bugler

·         French military color guard and bugler

·         French army platoon

·         French army band

·         Local patriotic organizations

·         Family members of those buried and memorialized

·         Several allied veterans of Operation Dragoon

·         Memoire de Provence, a re-enactment group representing the US 3rd, 36th, and 45th Infantry Divisions, the 1st Airborne task Force, and the French Resistance

 

A reception, hosted by the Mayor of Draguignan, will follow the ceremony.

Normandy American Cemetery in France

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.

Planned Events, Participants and Attendees:

·         Playing of “Marseillaise” and the “Star Spangled Banner”  on the carillon

·         Welcoming  remarks by Hans H. Hooker, Superintendent at Normandy American Cemetery

·         Opening remarks by René Huard, American Overseas Memorial Day Association

·         Invocation by Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger, Hans H. Hooker, and Rabbi Schmuel Lubecki

·         Guest speakers to include Robert J. Tate, U.S. Consul; Michel Lalande, Prefect of Lower Normandy Region & Calvados Department; Patrick Thomines, Mayor of Colleville-sur-Mer; and

Brig. Gen. Kevin Mc Neely,  U.S. European Command  in Germany

·         Benediction by Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger

·         Laying of wreaths and decoration of graves

·         Playing of “Taps” and raising of the colors

·         Retiring of the colors

·         Participation of troops:  U.S. European Command Color Guard – Germany

 

A reception, hosted by the AOMDA, will follow the ceremony.


Lorraine American Cemetery in France
Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in France

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

Suresnes American Cemetery in France
Sunday, May 26, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.

Brookwood American Cemetery in England

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

Epinal American Cemetery in France

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

Flanders Field American Cemetery in Belgium

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

Netherlands American Cemetery
Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

Planned Events, Participants and Attendees:

·         Performances by U.S. and Netherlands military bands, and a Dutch men’s choir

·         Guest speaker to include ABMC Commissioner Maura Sullivan

·         Invocation and benediction

·         Wreath-laying

·         Flyover

·         Firing detail followed by ”Taps”

 

Oise-Aisne American Cemetery in France

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.


Planned Events, Participants and Attendees:

·         Guest speakers to include Dr. Steven Ekovich, American Overseas Memorial Day Association; Col. Thomas Mayfield, III, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Europe; M. Michel Alvoet, Mayor of Seringes-et-Nesles;and Mrs. Virginie Lasserre, sous-Préfète of Château-Thierry

·         Playing of French and American national anthems

·         Invocation by Chaplain Samuel Chevalier-Milhau, French Army, and benediction by Father Pascal Anato

·         Reading of poems by students from St. Joseph High School in Château-Thierry

·         Wreath-laying

·         Playing of “Taps,” a moment of silence, and raising of the colors

·         Retiring of the colors

·         French Troops:

o   Color Guard and Honor Platoon:  1st Marine Artillery Regiment, Châlons-en-Champagne, France

o   Chaplain:  1st Mechanized Brigade, Châlons-en-Champagne, France;

o   Drummer and Bugler: French Marines

·         American Troops: 

o   Color Guard:  Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade, Grafenwoehr, Germany

o   Bugler:  U.S. Army Band, Europe


Somme American Cemetery in France

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

Brittany American Cemetery in France
Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
If you’re a next of kin and you’re planning to attend the ceremony, please contact the cemetery to let them know.

St. Mihiel American Cemetery in France
Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

Corozal American Cemetery in Panama
Monday, May 27, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

Planned Events, Participants and Attendees:

·         Ceremony sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

·         Invited guest speaker: U.S. Ambassador to Panama Jonathan Farrar

·         Wreath-laying ceremony to include a variety of American organizations.

A reception, hosted by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, will follow the ceremony.

Mexico City National Cemetery in Mexico
Monday, May 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

North Africa American Cemetery in Tunisia
Monday, May 27, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

Cambridge American Cemetery in England
Monday, May 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

Florence American Cemetery in Italy

Monday, May 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Italy
Monday, May 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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