Past: Memorial Day 2019 at Epinal American Cemetery

May 26, 2019, at 10:30am CEST

Epinal American Cemetery in France will host its annual Memorial Day Ceremony on May 26, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Attendance is free and open to the public. If you are a family member of someone who is honored at the cemetery and you're planning to attend the ceremony, please email the cemetery at least two weeks prior to the event. 






Presentation of Colors:  United States Air Force Color Guard

Flyover:  Two F15Es of the 492nd Fighter Squadron US Air Force

Welcoming message:  Mr. Hamid Faqir, Superintendent

Opening remarks:  Mr. Benoît Howson

Order of the Day: delivered June 6th, 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Translation read by Kyllian Haxaire (Louis Lapicque High School)

National Anthems: “La Marseillaise” and “The Star-Spangled Banner”, performed by Nouba Band from the 1er Régiment de Tirailleurs d’Epinal

Invocation: Lieutenant Commander Loren Crone, US Navy Chaplain

Welcome address: Mr. François Picoche, Mayor of Dinozé

Memory address: Mr. Michel Heinrich, Mayor of Epinal, Mr. Stéphane Viry, Member of Parliament, US Air Force Major General Kirk Smith, Commander of Special Operations Command Europe

Musical interlude: “Mansions of the Lord” performed by la Nouba Band from the 1er Régiment de Tirailleurs d’Epinal

Biographies and poem:  story of 1Lt Wyman and TSgt Williamson followed by “Someone will come” recited by Aaron and Ange

Song: “I’m Dreaming of Home” by the Chantraine & Dinozé Schools with Louise Sarrazin (violin) and Michael and Camille Lampson (bagpipes)

Laying of wreaths

Playing of “Taps”, Raising of the Colors, and Minute of Silence

Closing remarks:  Mr. Benoît Howson

“I’m Dreaming of Home” (reprise)


The Visitor Center at Luxembourg American Cemetery will be closed from Tuesday April 23 to Monday April 29, 2019, due to maintenance works. 
Please note that access to the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery is now fully re-open and no longer disturbed.
Due to maintenance work, the overlook at Lorraine American Cemetery's east end is not accessible.
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