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Dalessandro and Matz face each other with a hand raised as the oath is recited.
January 9, 2018
Deputy Secretary Robert J. Dalessandro swore in retired Maj. Gen. William M. Matz, Jr., as the new secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission on January 9, 2018. Appointed by President Donald J. Trump on January 8, 2018, Secretary Matz is a decorated, Vietnam combat infantry veteran. Secretary Matz earned his B.A. in Political Science at Gettysburg College, an M.A.

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Photos on stands are next to the marble headstones.
January 8, 2018 In what has become a tradition, Netherlands American Cemetery will host The Faces of Margraten May 2-6, 2018. Organized by the Stichting Verenigde Adoptanten Amerikaanse Oorlogsgraven (SVAAO), The Faces of Margraten works to bring a face to every person honored at Netherlands American Cemetery.
Attendees sit during the ceremony.
January 7, 2018 During Memorial Day weekend 2018, ABMC sites throughout the world will pay tribute to the men and women buried and memorialized overseas.
Red poppies dot a field outside the entrance to the cemetery.
January 5, 2018 Driving through northern France today, it’s hard to imagine the brutal fighting that occurred 100 years ago. The pock-marked ground, barren landscape and trenches of World War I are now softened and hidden by time.

Upcoming Events

Marble headstones in rows are seen in front of the chapel.
November 11, 2018 To coincide with Veterans Day, Brookwood American Cemetery in England will host a ceremony on November 11, 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of W
The entrance gate at Flanders Field American Cemetery.
November 11, 2018 To coincide with Veterans Day, Flanders Field American Cemetery in Belgium will host a ceremony on November 11, 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of t
Rows of headstones in front of the chapel and flagpole at Suresnes American Cemetery.
November 11, 2018 To coincide with Veterans Day, Suresnes American Cemetery in France will host a ceremony on November 11, 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of Worl

Past Events

Lit candles can be seen on top of the headstone.
December 10, 2017 Epinal American cemetery hosted a Remembrance Ceremony on December 10, 2017 at 3:45 p.m. Organized by the U.S. Memory Grand Est France, the ceremony had planned to feature an LED candle on every headstone and at the Walls of the Missing.
Four large floral wreaths rest on stands after the ceremony.
November 11, 2017 Corozal American Cemetery in Panama hosted its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Attendance was free and open to the public.
Candles on top of headstones burn bright int he darkness.
November 11, 2017 On Saturday, November 11, 2017 Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery hosted a luminary event to mark the 99th anniversary of the end of World War I.  As dusk fell at the cemetery, thousands of headstones were lit with candles, creating a powerful image