Honoring the sacrifices of nearly 70,000 fallen service members buried on European soil, U.S. European Command will commemorate Memorial Day at 21 cemeteries throughout Europe.
In support of the American Battle Monuments Commission, Headquarters USEUCOM, its components and bands will participate in Memorial Day ceremonies 27-29 May at all 21 ABMC WWI/WWII cemeteries in Europe, which are located in France, Italy, the UK, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Overall, U.S. military participation will consist of color guards, troop formations, military chaplains, bands, buglers, general officer/flag officer speakers, firing details and flyovers at ABMC cemeteries.
This year marks the centennial of ABMC, which oversees 25 U.S. military cemeteries overseas as well as Arlington National Cemetery.
All Memorial Day ceremonies at ABMC cemeteries are free and open to the public. For additional information on ceremonies, go to the ABMC website.
An American observance, Memorial Day, which began in the aftermath of the Civil War and honors the lives and legacy of fallen U.S. service members. Every year, the federal holiday is observed on the last Monday in May.
U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) is responsible for U.S. military operations across Europe, portions of Asia and the Middle East, the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean. USEUCOM is comprised of more than 65,000 permanent military personnel supported by rotational forces and DoD civilians working closely with NATO Allies and partners. The command is one of two U.S. forward-deployed geographic combatant commands headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. For more information about USEUCOM, visit www.eucom.mil.