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    USEUCOM remembers fallen during Memorial Day ceremonies across Europe



    Story by Senior Airman Nick Emerick 

    Defense Media Activity     

    U.S. service members and civilians attended ceremonies held across Europe over Memorial Day weekend to commemorate the heroism of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

    Key U.S. European Command leaders spoke at ceremonies in France, Luxemburg, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands emphasizing the importance of honoring the legacy of the fallen U.S. service members.

    “More than any other holiday, I believe Memorial Day defines us as a nation,” said Rear Adm. Tim Kott, Assistant Chief of Staff, Allied Joint Forces Command, Naples, Italy. “On this day we bow our heads and pay tribute to the service members who put others before self, who never returned to a hero’s welcome, who never enjoyed life or the gift of old age.”

    During a ceremony at the Luxembourg American Cemetery, Lt. Gen. Steven Basham, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Air Forces Africa Deputy Commander, addressed the importance of
    Unity and U.S. commitment to European allies and partners.

    “We too must fight for something, today we stand against those who would oppress, enslave and corrupt,” said Basham. “We unite in combat, if needed, to preserve security and ensure liberty throughout the world. We come together for struggling nations, to help them secure freedom and determine their own destiny. Our sacrifices build upon the rich heritage given to us by those we honor today.”

    This Memorial Day coincides with the 75th anniversary of World War II, a momentous occasion for U.S. Forces in Europe. Basham highlighted the importance of the U.S. and European 75-year Alliance.

    “Built upon an unshakable foundation of shared values and experiences, forged in battle and blood, the United States – European Alliance remains just as committed to collective defense and cooperative security. 75 years later, the bravery and heroism exhibited during World War II continues to resonate with U.S. forces in Europe,” Basham said.

    Gen. Tod D. Wolters, Commander, U.S. European Command honored the fallen by speaking at the Florence American Cemetery about the selfless sacrifice that characterized the Greatest Generation.

    He said, “On this day across planet earth, people pause to remember those who gave their lives in service of our nation, they were forever ripped from the fabric of their communities, and are loved, mourned and missed. Their camaraderie, courage and grit transcend time and space.”



    Date Taken: 05.28.2019
    Date Posted: 05.29.2019 05:34
    Story ID: 324251
    Location: BW, DE

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    USEUCOM remembers fallen during Memorial Day ceremonies across Europe