Yesterday I had the honor of attending a #MemorialDay ceremony and wreath laying at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery. Situated in Northeastern France, this region saw the largest battle of World War I, which lasted from September 26th until November 11th, 1918–Armistice Day. Here, at this hallowed site, rest 14,246 Americans who gave their last full measure of devotion for the ideals of freedom and liberty.
What really took me back though, was that as I was driving through the innumerable French villages in this region to get to the cemetery, nearly every village was proudly flying the Star Spangled Banner and the French tricolor. Then when I arrived at Romagne-Sous-Montfaucon, one of the most beautiful things happened. I arrived completely unaware that church was still going on, and as the church let out, all of the French parishioners walked out of the main doors and began to walk towards the cemetery to honor the American service members credited with their liberation. And as the Mayor of Romagne spoke, he talked about the honor that he and his fellow citizens have every year of placing the flags at each grave stone. And then he spoke of the debt that is owed to all of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom; an incredible sentiment that I pray that we, the citizens of the free world, never forget.
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