On Memorial Day weekend, for the first time since 2019, U.S. European Command, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, U.S. Army Europe and Africa and U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet participated in public American Battle Monuments Commission ceremonies. More than 450 USEUCOM service members participated in 22 ceremonies in six countries May 28-30 to honor the nearly 70,000 U.S. service members from WWI and WWII who are buried on European soil after dying in service of their country.
U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, the commander of U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied commander, delivered remarks during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy, May 28, 2022. The cemetery is the final resting ground of 7,845 Americans who lost their lives while liberating Italy during World War II.
In addition to Wolters, guests of honor and speakers included U.S. Ambassador to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies in Rome Cindy McCain; Giorgio Mule, the Italian vice minister of defense; Raymond D. Kemp, an American Battle Monuments Commission commissioner; and U.S. Air Force Rabbi Sarah Schechter, a staff chaplain for the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany,