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American Cemeteries Mark Veterans Day in UK

Wreath laying ceremonies took place at the two ABMC cemeteries in the UK, Brookwood and Cambridge

Published on November 16, 2020

Cambridge American Cemetery Wreath Laying Cambridge American Cemetery Wreath Laying. Photos courtesy American Battle Monuments Commission

Two American cemeteries located in the UK held ceremonies last week to mark the week of Veterans Day. Brookwood American Cemetery and Cambridge American Cemetery, both operated by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), held events to honor the memory of those troops who fought to free Europe during the First and Second World Wars.

On Remembrance Sunday, November 8, Brookwood American Cemetery held a private wreath laying ceremony. The ceremony was attended by the US Embassy Defense Attaché Brig. Gen. Jefferson J. O'Donnell (USAF) and his wife (pictured below). O'Donnell and the ABMC presented wreaths to commemorate the day and those who had fallen in the fight for freedom. Brookwood also hosted a virtual Veterans Day ceremony on November 11.

Footage from Brookwood's ceremony can be seen via YouTube - www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE7mTvJSF90

Cambridge American Cemetery hosted its ceremony at 11am on Wednesday November 11. A private wreath laying ceremony was attended by representatives of the ABMC, the US Air Force and the US Embassy. A speech was delivered by USAF Col. Kurt Wendt, Commander of the 501st Combat Support Wing at RAF Alconbury, who spoke about America's duty to remember fallen comrades, and thanked US Armed Forces, past and present, for their patriotism and commitment to public service.

Although ABMC's sites in the UK are currently closed to members of the public due to the current lockdown, ABMC underline that "During these difficult times, the sacred duty of ABMC remains the same: to remember the courage, sacrifice and heroism of those who fought to help free Europe. Whether virtually or gathered together, we pay tribute to the sacrifices of the US Armed Forces on Veterans Day and continue to fulfill General Pershing's promise that 'Time Will Not Dim the Glory of Their Deeds'."

For more details on the American Battle Monuments Commission, and how to visit or learn more about their two cemeteries in the UK, go to www.abmc.gov.

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US Embassy Defense Attaché Brig. Gen. Jefferson J. O'Donnell (USAF) and his wife (left) attended a ceremony on November 8 at Brookwood American Cemetery. US Embassy Defense Attaché Brig. Gen. Jefferson J. O'Donnell (USAF) and his wife (left) attended a ceremony on November 8 at Brookwood American Cemetery.



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