Honoring Host Nation Neighbors on 90th Anniversary of Armistice Day

By USAG BeneluxNovember 14, 2008

The U.S. Army Garrison Benelux provides oversight to three additional garrisons in Belgium and the Netherlands who support NATO operations worldwide. In its continued commitment to its host nation communities, each garrison participated Armistice Day celebrations throughout the two countries. Col. James Drago, commander, USAG Benelux, partnered with André Desmarlieres, the mayor of Brugelette, Belgium, to honor Belgian and U.S. veterans who have fought in our countries' wars. "Our armies are strong allies within NATO, and I'd like to have a special thought for those Belgian and U.S. Soldiers who are currently partnering in NATO operations to bring hope to foreign lands," said Drago.
1 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The U.S. Army Garrison Benelux provides oversight to three additional garrisons in Belgium and the Netherlands who support NATO operations worldwide. In its continued commitment to its host nation communities, each garrison participated Armistice Day celebrations throughout the two countries. Col. James Drago, commander, USAG Benelux, partnered with André Desmarlieres, the mayor of Brugelette, Belgium, to honor Belgian and U.S. veterans who have fought in our countries' wars. "Our armies are strong allies within NATO, and I'd like to have a special thought for those Belgian and U.S. Soldiers who are currently partnering in NATO operations to bring hope to foreign lands," said Drago. (Photo Credit: Ms. Christie Vanover (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
The USAG Benelux Color Guard grips the American and Belgian flags as both National Anthems were played on the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day in the town of Brugelette, Belgium.
2 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The USAG Benelux Color Guard grips the American and Belgian flags as both National Anthems were played on the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day in the town of Brugelette, Belgium. (Photo Credit: Ms. Christie Vanover (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
The Anglo-French-U.S. Color Guard, preceded and followed by Belgian contingents, marches down the Rue Royal in downtown Brussels on the 90th Anniversary of Armistice Day.
3 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The Anglo-French-U.S. Color Guard, preceded and followed by Belgian contingents, marches down the Rue Royal in downtown Brussels on the 90th Anniversary of Armistice Day. (Photo Credit: Thad Moyseowicz) VIEW ORIGINAL
HRH Prince Philippe (right foreground) reviews the Anglo-French U.S. Color Guard in the capital of Belgium; in U.S. uniform, L to R:  Spc. Joshua Haines, Staff Sgt. Peter Bouck, Sgt. Jeffrey Turville.
4 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – HRH Prince Philippe (right foreground) reviews the Anglo-French U.S. Color Guard in the capital of Belgium; in U.S. uniform, L to R: Spc. Joshua Haines, Staff Sgt. Peter Bouck, Sgt. Jeffrey Turville. (Photo Credit: Thad Moyseowicz) VIEW ORIGINAL
USAG Schinnen Commander, Lt. Col. Fern Sumpter (L) and Command Sgt. Major Mary Brown (R) help students from Geilenkirchen Elementary and AFNORTH International School lay a wreath at the American Military Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands, to commemorate Veterans Day 2008.
5 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – USAG Schinnen Commander, Lt. Col. Fern Sumpter (L) and Command Sgt. Major Mary Brown (R) help students from Geilenkirchen Elementary and AFNORTH International School lay a wreath at the American Military Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands, to commemorate Veterans Day 2008. (Photo Credit: Ms. Sarah J Schmidt (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Junior ROTC cadets from AFNORTH International School post the colors at the American Military Cemetery's Veterans Day Ceremony in Margraten, Netherlands.
6 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Junior ROTC cadets from AFNORTH International School post the colors at the American Military Cemetery's Veterans Day Ceremony in Margraten, Netherlands. (Photo Credit: Ms. Sarah J Schmidt (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
The Chievres Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Brian England and Color Guard joined the ChiAfA..vres community as they paid tribute to the World War I victims on Armistice Day, Nov. 11
7 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The Chievres Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Brian England and Color Guard joined the ChiAfA..vres community as they paid tribute to the World War I victims on Armistice Day, Nov. 11 (Photo Credit: Cis Spook (USAG Chievres Garrison)) VIEW ORIGINAL
(From left to right) Spc. Michael Speagle, Spc. Landon Gilbert, Staff Sgt. Scott Wesley, Spc. Benjamin Lowrance and Spc. Giovanni Antonello lead the parade to the Chievres cemetery where a wreath was laid at the memorial honoring all World War I victims.
8 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – (From left to right) Spc. Michael Speagle, Spc. Landon Gilbert, Staff Sgt. Scott Wesley, Spc. Benjamin Lowrance and Spc. Giovanni Antonello lead the parade to the Chievres cemetery where a wreath was laid at the memorial honoring all World War I victims. (Photo Credit: Cis Spook (Chievres Garrison PAO)) VIEW ORIGINAL