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Touching pictorial of Memorial Day remembrance in France

Memorial Day observances were held all over the world on Sunday, as demonstrated by the one at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial. Joshua DeMotts of Stars and Stripes provided a beautiful pictorial of some of the attendees.

DeMott reported that a group of U.S. and French military and civilian dignitaries from attending the ceremony just outside the village of Romagne-sous-Montfaucon. He notes:

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.

In addition to French and U.S. military units, the mayor of Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Nicolas Raffa and Brig. Gen. Blaine Holt, director of logistics for U.S. European Command attended

Here are some of DeMotts photographs from Stars and Stripes.

French Memorial Day 1
Joshua L. DeMott. © Stars and Stripes.
French Memorial Day 2
Joshua L. DeMott. © Stars and Stripes.
French Memorial Day 3
Joshua L. DeMott. © Stars and Stripes.
French Memorial Day 6
Joshua L. DeMott. © Stars and Stripes.

 

French Memorial Day 5
Joshua L. DeMott. © Stars and Stripes.

 

See more of DeMotts photographs at Stars and Stripes.

Photos by Joshua L. DeMotts. Used with permission from Stars and Stripes. © 2013 Stars and Stripes.

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