The U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg, Thomas Barrett, together with the American Battle Monuments Commission, is pleased to invite members of the public and press to attend the annual Memorial Day ceremony in Luxembourg.
On Saturday, May 27, 2023 at 1:45 PM
at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery and Memorial
(50 Val du Scheid – Hamm)
The ceremony will be attended by representatives of the U.S. and Luxembourg government and military.
Representatives of organizations who wish to lay a wreath as part of the ceremony are kindly requested to inform the cemetery at the earliest opportunity via email email@example.com or by calling +352 43 17 27. All wreaths must be delivered to the cemetery no later than 10:00 am on Saturday, May 27.
About Memorial Day:
Memorial Day in the U.S. is observed on the last Monday of May and honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2023 will occur on Monday, May 29 but it is traditionally marked with a ceremony in Luxembourg the preceding Saturday.
Originally known as Decoration Day, it began following the U.S. Civil War as a remembrance of the fallen from that conflict and was formally recognized in 1868. After World War I, the day came to honor all those who had died in military service and became known as Memorial Day. In 1971, the U.S. Congress established Memorial Day as a federal holiday to be observed on the last Monday in May. Many Americans observe the holiday by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings, and participating in parades to remember and show gratitude for those who died in the service of their country.
About the American Battle Monuments Commission:
Luxembourg American Cemetery is managed by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). Established by Congress in 1923, ABMC commemorates the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces. ABMC administers 26 overseas military cemeteries, as well as 29 memorials, monuments, and markers in the U.S. and around the world.
For more information please contact the Public Affairs section at the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg at LuxembourgPublicAffairs@state.gov