Memorial Day Speech at Flanders Field American Cemetery

Memorial Day speech at Flanders Fields Cemetery Chargé d’Affaires Matthew Lussenhop May 27, 2018 As prepared The Representative of His Majesty, the King; Minister of Defense Vandeput; Representative Bogaert Excellencies; Honored Veterans and Service Members; Family Members and Friends; While we gather here in this solemn place in Belgium, all across the United States thousands ...
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Annual U.S. Memorial Day Ceremonies in Belgium

Annual U.S. Memorial Day ceremonies in Belgium May 26 -27, 2018 Belgian and American service members fought side by side to liberate Belgium and Europe from occupation during two World Wars.  Of the nearly 500,000 Americans who died, more than 14,000 are buried in Belgium.  On Memorial Day, Americans pay homage to their fallen soldiers ...
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Memorial Day Remarks 2017

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Matt Lussenhop at Memorial Day Commemorations, May 2017 Memorial Day means many things to Americans. Some think of it as the transition into summer, but for most of us, it is a special moment. It is a time to remember those who came before us. It is a time for us ...
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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 ...
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Remarks at the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. Entry in World War I

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Matthew Lussenhop Flanders Field American Cemetery April 6, 2017   Lee Litzenberger, Chargé d’Affaires to our U.S. Mission to NATO John Wessels, Deputy Secretary, Overseas Operations, American Battle Monuments Commission Kurt Vanryckeghem, Mayor of Waregem Paul Breyne, Commissioner-General of the Belgian WWI centenary His Excellency Ambassador Andrews from New Zealand Pierre ...
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