This Veterans Day, Nellie and I want to thank those who have served and continue to serve the United States of America. The service of our veterans make it possible for us to live free, whether back home in the U.S. or serving overseas in Europe.
We spent Veterans Day 2019 at the Luxembourg American Cemetary. The cemetary hosted an observance which included remarks from the U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg, J. Randolph Evans, and Rear Admiral Matthew Zirkle.
The ceremony was attended by servicemembers of the four branches, including senior officers and enlisted from units stationed in Europe. The ceremony concluded with a 21-gun salute and wreath laying by the official party. Following the ceremony, a Bronze Rosette was placed next to the name of PFC Donald Mangan on the Wall of the Missing, whose remains were recovered and buried next to his brother in the U.S.
Under two hours from Kaiserslautern, you don’t need to wait until a special observance to see the cemetary. With exception of Christmas and New Years Day, you can pay your respects to the 5,073 servicemembers that are laid to rest. Admission and parking are free, which makes a trip to the cemetary an easy and low-cost day trip from Kaiserslautern.
Luxembourg American Cemetery was established on December 29, 1944 and is the final resting place of many who fell during the Battle of the Bulge. Established by the 609th Quartermaster Company, the cemetery is now operated by the American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC). Even though he passed following the war, General George S. Patton is also buried at the cemetary, as his request was to be laid to rest with the men he lost during Battle of the Bulge.
The Luxembourg Army Cemetery is a great place to pay your respects to those who gave all and gain a greater appreciation for those who sacrificed for liberty. Make sure you check the AMBC website or Facebook page for upcoming events.