Today we took a trip to the Lorraine American Military Cemetery in St. Avold, France for the Memorial Day ceremony. It is the largest WWII American Cemetery in Europe. It was almost overwhelming.
The surrounding area is quiet and peaceful and the entrance to the cemetery is green and beautiful. You have to walk up a hill to get to the actually cemetery. At the top of it is the memorial chapel. This is it from the front, but you approach from the back.
Just as you crest the rise, the cemetery itself comes into view. The sheer number of crosses is astounding.
The cemetery is 113 acres and is the resting place of over 10,500 US soldiers.
The US Girl Scouts in Germany teamed up with the French Scouts (co-ed) to place flags on each grave. That’s more than 21,000 flags. They also carried in each of the wreaths that were laid by various people with a connection to the cemetery.
The gentleman standing to the far right of this photo is a WWII vet who fought in France.
Past and present military were present, as were French military.
It was a solemn day that will be with us for years to come. As you spend your Memorial Day with friends and family at barbeques or picnics celebrating the beginning of summer, please take a moment to think about all those who serve today, those who served and fought in the past, and especially those who never made it home.