Remembering the Fallen on Memorial Day

This year, for Memorial Day, we decided to head out to the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in St. Avold, France. A total of 10, 487 brave military members call this their final resting home. It’s the largest WWII cemetery in Europe. According to the brochure found in the visitor’s office, “Free use as a burial ground was granted by the French Government without charge or taxation.”

There are several American cemeteries in Europe, and it’s on my bucket list to visit them all. You can read more about American Battle Monuments by clicking HERE.

We have visited the Luxeumbourg American Cemetery before, but this one has always been on my list. Since we went to Luxembourg last Veteran’s day, and had been there twice, I saved St. Avold for our last Memorial Day in Europe.

The Memorial Day ceremony was held on May 25, 2014 (the day before our visit) and all the memorial wreaths were still in place. I had to hold back some tears when I saw the War Orphans wreath honoring their fathers that are buried at Lorraine.

All in all, it was a highly moving day, and it is always great to not only tell the kids about our great military history, but to also show them the great sacrifices people have made for their freedom. Freedom isn’t free people…. so many have paid the great price.

Please enjoy the pictures of today’s visit. Click on any picture to see it larger. If viewing on a mobile device, click on a picture, and you can scroll.


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