Most of us enjoy the three-day weekend that comes with Memorial Day. It is unofficially the start of summer. People clean out the cobwebs from their grill to start the outdoor grilling season, take a special holiday, or spend the long weekend on a road trip. But let us not forget how wonderful it is to have the freedoms we cherish in this country, thanks to those who came before us and those who continue to serve in our armed forces. We may all differ on our views about our nation's engagement in wars. But we should all agree on one thing: On Memorial Day we honor those who had fallen during those wars. On Memorial Day, we recognize and remember those who have given so much.
The following are photos from the American Cemetery in Normandy, France, from June 2002; the Mardasson Memorial in Bastogne, Belgium, from August 2007; and the American Cemetery in Luxembourg, from November 2009. American military members who fought during World War II are buired in the cemeteries at Normandy Beach and Luxembourg. The Mardasson Memorial honors the memory of the American soldiers who were wounded or killed during the Battle of the Bulge.
Normandy American Cemetery:
Luxembourg American Cemetery: