Past: World War I Centennial Ceremony to Mark Battle of Belleau Wood and Operations in the Aisne-Marne Region

May 27, 2018, at 9:45am CEST

To coincide with Memorial Day weekend, Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France hosted a ceremony on May 27, 2018 at 9:45 a.m. that marked Memorial Day, and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood and Operations in the Aisne-Marne region during World War I. 

Arrival of the Troops, Colors and Officials
Flyover
Welcome Address Secretary William M. Matz, American Battle Monuments Commission
Address Nadia Crapart, Mayor of Belleau, France
WWI Centennial Presentation  
Prayer Chaplain Olivier Risnes, National Protestant Chaplain of the Gendarmerie Nationale and of the Defense Zone of Paris
Prayer Chaplain Brent W. Scott, Rear Admiral, Chaplain of the U.S. Marine Corps
Reading of Poems Students from the Saint-Joseph High School of Château-Thierry
Memorial Address Maj. Gen. Vincent Guionie, Deputy Chief of Staff of the French Army
Memorial Address Lt. Gen. Carsten Jacobson, Commander of the German Field Army and Deputy Chief of the German Army
Memorial Address Gen. Robert B. Neller, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps
Wreath Laying
Firing of Volleys, Sonnerie aux Morts, German Taps, U.S. Taps and Moment of Silence
Marseillaise, Das Deutschlandlied, and The Star Spangled Banner, and Raising of Colors
Departure of the Colors and Troops
Departure of Officials
French Army Participants Honor Platoons: 152nd Infantry Regiment and 21st Marine Infantry Regiment
Music: The Musique des Troupes de Marine
 
Germany Army Participants Honor Platoon: 292nd Infantry Battalion
American Marine Participants

Honor Platoons: 5th Marine Regiment and 6th Marine Regiment
Music: 2nd Marine Division Band

 

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