#MemorialDay: Paying Respects To Our Honored Dead [VIDEO]

#MemorialDay: Paying Respects To Our Honored Dead [VIDEO]

#MemorialDay: Paying Respects To Our Honored Dead [VIDEO]

Today is the day when every American should stop and pay their respects to our honored dead, whether in thought or in deed.

Members of the Old Guard place flags in front of every headstone at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Thursday, May 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Members of the Old Guard place flags in front of every headstone at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Thursday, May 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
At Arlington National Cemetery, and other national cemeteries where our veterans are buried, flags will be placed.


Today, both the known and the unknown are remembered in ceremony and respect.



And today, let us also remember the American dead who lie scattered across different countries, who also lie in honored glory far away from the country they died serving. These cemeteries are maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission, who since 2013 are responsible for 25 different American cemeteries on foriegn soil.

ABMC administers, operates, and maintains 25 permanent American military cemeteries, and 27 federal memorials, monuments, and markers, which are located in 16 foreign countries, the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the British dependency of Gibraltar; three of the memorials are located within the U.S. These cemeteries and memorials are among the most beautiful and meticulously maintained shrines in the world.

In addition to grave sites, the World War I and II cemeteries, together with the three memorials on U.S. soil, also commemorate by name those U.S. service members who were missing in action, or lost or buried at sea during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. There are 207,590 U.S. war dead from World War I and World War II commemorated at ABMC sites; this includes 30,922 interments and 4,452 memorializations for World War I, and 93,233 interments and 78,983 memorializations for World War II.

Additionally, the names of 8,200 individuals listed as missing from the Korean War and 2,504 individuals from the Vietnam War are memorialized at ABMC’s Honolulu Memorial. ABMC also administers Mexico City National Cemetery, Corozal American Cemetery in Panama, and Clark Veterans Cemetery in the Philippines. More than 13,500 members of the armed forces, veterans, and others are interred in these sites.

Cambridge American Cemetery, located in Cambridge, England (photo courtesy of ABMC website)
Cambridge American Cemetery, located in Cambridge, England (photo courtesy of ABMC website)

Since World War I, most of the families of the fallen opted to have their remains returned home. For the estimated 23 to 30 percent which did not, these cemeteries are the final resting place of the brave souls who died “to make men free.” (The video that follows lists 24 cemeteries, as it was made in 2011. Clark Veterans Cemetery, located in the Philippines, was placed under ABMC’s care in December 2013.)

These cemeteries stand as tribute that Americans fought and died, and are painstakingly kept and maintained in their honor.

Today, as we remember our honored dead, remember those who never came home, and who lie with their comrades in arms on foreign soil that is now forever American.

Written by

3 Comments
  • GWB says:

    Greater love has no man than this, that he laid down his life for his friend.

    May God keep you with His mercy for your sacrifice.

  • GWB says:

    The last concert/show/event of the year for our HS band was always the Memorial Day service at the cemetery. Even if it was after the end of the school year. It was one of the most important events we participated in, imho.

  • GWB says:

    Ace links this story, concerning a disabled vet. That’s all I’m gonna say.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe
Become a Victory Girl!

Are you interested in writing for Victory Girls? If you’d like to blog about politics and current events from a conservative POV, send us a writing sample here.
Ava Gardner
gisonboat
rovin_readhead
Instagram