Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremonies

Each year, we observe Memorial Day by participating in commemoration ceremonies to honor the more than 14,000 American soldiers buried in Belgium in three American cemeteries. Chargé d’Affaires Matt Lussenhop started the Memorial Day weekend by attending the Ardennes American Cemetery commemoration in Neupré on Saturday, May 27, 2017. The Ardennes American Cemetery is the final resting place of 5,321 American soldiers. In the afternoon, Chargé Lussenhop and SACEUR General Scaparrotti paid their respects to the 7,992 fallen Americans soldiers who rest at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery. Chargé d’Affaires Matt Lussenhop and Belgian Minister of Defense Steven Vandeput attended the Flanders Field American Cemetery Memorial Day commemoration held on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Flanders Field American Cemetery is the only WWI American cemetery in Belgium and 368 American soldiers rest at this peaceful site.

Chargé d’Affaires Matt Lussenhop: “This is my first Memorial Day in Belgium and I have to say that I’m deeply moved by seeing all of you here today. The crosses and stars of David that surround us today are an eternal reminder of the high price of freedom. Belgium and the United States of America have a shared history of tragedy and loss but also of unity and an unbreakable belief that we are fully committed to do whatever it takes to defend our freedom and democracy.”

Chargé d’Affaires Lussenhop: “On April 6, the US embassy organized a special ceremony marking the centenary of the US entry into World War One, the first, truly global conflict that engulfed the lives of millions of soldiers and citizens from great empires to small nations. Tragically, as the world started to recover from what was then called “The Great War” or the “war to end all wars” WWII broke out and left an even greater path of destruction from Europe to Asia.”

Read Chargé d’Affaires Lussenhop’s remarks