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Photos: Memorial Day ceremony at American Cemetery in France

French veterans carry flags during a pass and review Sunday morning after an American Memorial Day ceremony at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial in France. Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes

By JOSHUA L. DEMOTTS | STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 26, 2013

ROMAGNE-SOUS-MONTFAUCON, France — A steady rain did not deter a group of U.S. and French military and civilian dignitaries from attending a Memorial Day ceremony Sunday at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial.

Just outside the village of Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial sprawls over 130 acres. With its 14,246 graves, it is where the largest number of American dead rest in Europe. Most of those buried at the cemetery died in World War I.

Among those in attendance were the mayor of Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Nicolas Raffa; Brig. Gen. Blaine Holt, director of logistics for U.S. European Command; as well as various French and U.S. military units.

demotts.joshua@stripes.com

 

A French veteran wears a World War I era uniform Sunday morning at an American Memorial Day ceremony at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial in France. Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes

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