Army Europe hosts Memorial Day ceremony
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4 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – From left to right: Command Sgt. Maj. Sheryl D. Lyon, senior enlisted advisor, U.S. Army Europe; Col. Mary L. Martin, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden; Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commanding general, USAREUR; and Command Sgt. Maj. Roy L. Rocco, senio... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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WIESBADEN, Germany - Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commanding general, Army Europe, hosted a Memorial Day ceremony at the Keyes Building on Clay Kaserne, here, May 21.

Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries.

In addition to Army Europe and U.S. Army Garrison-Wiesbaden leaders, Soldiers, civilians and family members, several Gold Star families attended the ceremony.

The term Gold Star family is a modern reference that comes from the Service Flag. These flags/banners were first flown by families during World War I. The flag included a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces of the United States, during any period of war or hostilities in which the armed forces of the United States were engaged. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom.

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Related Links:

Memorial Day ceremonies around Europe

Feature site: Gold Star Survivors

Department of Veteran Affairs: Memorial Day

U.S. Army Europe Memorial Day resource portal (USAREUR NIPR network required)