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The American Battle Monuments Commission, established by Congress in 1923, manages America’s overseas military cemeteries and memorials. Within the ABMC’s purview lie 24 military cemeteries and 25 memorials, monuments or markers.

Memorial Day programs are held at each American Battle Monuments Commission cemetery. According to its website, each grave site is decorated with the flag of the United States and that of the host country.

Programs generally include wreath-laying ceremonies and a reading of the president’s Memorial Day proclamation, as well as remarks by invited speakers.

For more information on the ceremonies, consult abmc.gov/events/Memorial-Day-2012.php.

Here are memorial events scheduled for the long weekend as listed by ABMC:

BelgiumArdennes American Cemetery and Memorial: 10 a.m. Saturday.

Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial: 3 p.m. Sunday.

Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial: 4 p.m. Saturday.

EnglandBrookwood American Cemetery and Memorial: 3 p.m. Sunday.

Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial: 11 a.m. Monday.

FranceAisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial: 9:45 a.m. Sunday.

Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial: 4 p.m. Sunday.

Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial: 3 p.m. Sunday.

Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial: 11 a.m. Sunday.

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial: 3 p.m. Sunday.

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial: 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial: 3 p.m. Sunday.

Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial: 10 a.m. Sunday.

Somme American Cemetery and Memorial: 3 p.m. Sunday.

St. Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial: 4 p.m. Sunday.

Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial: 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

ItalyFlorence American Cemetery and Memorial: 11 a.m. Monday.

Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial: 11 a.m. Monday.

LuxembourgLuxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial: 2 p.m. Saturday.

NetherlandsNetherlands American Ceme-tery and Memorial: 3 p.m. Sunday.

TunisiaNorth Africa American Cemetery and Memorial: 11 a.m. Monday.


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