U.S., France honor fallen veterans

by Sgt. Frank Sanchez III
21st TSC Public Affairs

MEUSE-ARGONNE, France – Soldiers from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command and their families were given the opportunity to honor the 14,246 American World War I veterans buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery during a Memorial Day ceremony May 24.

“Our fallen comrades died 91 years ago,” said Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine, commanding general of the 21st TSC. “To most, this may seem the distant past, but on this day, Memorial Day, it is our duty to remember their courage, honor and sacrifice as if it happened yesterday.”

“With the ceremony and everything going on, it was just a great feeling of pride just to be in the uniform and to be part of the service,” said Sgt. 1st Class Barbara Anderson, acting first sergeant for the 147th Adjutant General Company, 21st TSC.

The cemetery is reserved exclusively for U.S. World War I Soldiers, and it is the largest American cemetery in Europe.  Most of those buried there died during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in World War I. It also includes nine Medal of Honor recipients.