Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines from the U.S. European Command Area of Operations will be taking part in Memorial Day ceremonies and events around Europe May 24-25 and 31, 2015.
The U.S. military members will participate in ceremonies in honor of U.S. servicemembers who gave their lives fighting in World War I and World War II. The events will be held in American cemeteries in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Italy.
Below is a list of the times and locations of Memorial Day ceremonies and events, with links to additional information about each cemetery on the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) website:
2015 European Location Ceremony Schedule
Saturday, May 23
10 a.m. – Ardennes American Cemetery, Neuville en Condroz, Belgium
11 a.m. – Lafayette Escadrille Memorial, Paris, France , 92430 France -- The Monument honors the roughly 200 American volunteer pilots who flew with the French military prior to and after the United States’ entry into WWI. These Americans were informally known as the "Lafayette Flying Corps." A small group of these pilots were brought together to create an all-American Squadron known as the "Escadrille Lafayette", or Lafayette Squadron.
2 p.m. – Luxembourg American Cemetery, Hamm, Luxembourg
4 p.m. – Henri Chapelle American Cemetery, Aubel, Belgium
Sunday, May 24
10 a.m. – Rhone American Cemetery, 553 Blvd John F. Kennedy, 83300 Draguignan
France -- The Rhone American Cemetery in France is a WWII cemetery contains the buried of both WWI and WWII service members, a total of 861.
10:30 a.m. – Normandy American Cemetery, 14710 Colleville-sur-Mer
France -- The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France is located on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944 and the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II.
11 a.m. – Lorraine American Cemetery, Saint-Avold, France -- The Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in France covers 113.5 acres and contains the largest number of graves of our military dead of World War II in Europe, a total of 10,489.
11 a.m. – Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Rue du Général Pershing
55110 Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France -- Within the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial in France, which covers 130.5 acres, rest the largest number of our military dead in Europe, a total of 14,246.
11 a.m. – Epinal American Cemetery, 385, rue de la Rondenolle 88000 Dinozé
France -- The Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial in France, 48.6 acres in extent, is sited on a plateau 100 feet above the Moselle River in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains.
2:30 p.m. – Suresnes American Cemetery, 123 Boulevard Washington 92150 Suresnes
France -- Originally a World War I cemetery, the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial just outside Paris now shelters the remains of U.S. dead of both wars.
3 p.m. - Brookwood American Cemetery, Brookwood, England
3 p.m. – Somme American Cemetery, Bony, France -- The World War I Somme American Cemetery and Memorial in France is sited on a gentle slope typical of the open, rolling Picardy countryside.
3 p.m. – Flanders Field American Cemetery, Waregem, Belgium
3 p.m. – Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands
4 p.m. -- Saint-Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiacourt, France
4 p.m. – Brittany American Cemetery, Cimetière Américain 50240 Saint James, France -- The Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial in France covers 28 acres of rolling farm country near the eastern edge of Brittany and contains the remains of 4,409 of our war dead, most of whom lost their lives in the Normandy and Brittany Campaigns of 1944.
6:30 p.m. – Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France -- The Arc de Triomphe is in honor of those who fought for France, in particular, those who fought during the Napoleonic Wars. Engraved on the inside and at the top of the arch are all of the names of the generals and wars fought. There are inscriptions in the ground underneath the vault of the arch which include the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I where the Memorial Flame burns and have made the Arc de Triomphe Paris a revered patriotic site.
Monday, May 25
11 a.m. – Florence American Cemetery, Florence, Italy
11 a.m. – Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy
11 a.m. – Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England
Sunday, May 31
9:45 a.m. – Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, Belleau, France
3 p.m. – Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Seringes Et Nesles, France -- The Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial in France contains the remains of 6,012 American war dead, most of whom lost their lives while fighting in this vicinity in 1918 during World War I.