Ceremony for the American soldiers on Lijssenthoek - Poperinge - 27/05/2022
On Friday 27 May 2022, a short ceremony took place at the American monument at Kemmel. This ceremony commemorated the American soldiers of the 27th and 30th Divisions who died liberating the area surrounding Kemmel during the First World War. The Americans were active in the Kemmel area from 16 August to 4 September 1918.

The ceremony was organised by the American Overseas Memorial Day Association Belgium. Since 1923 their mission is to perpetuate the remembrance of the members of the American armed forces who died in the defense of freedom and who are buried in Belgium. The organise and conduct Memorial Day ceremonies at the three American cemeteries in Belgium. They commemorate and preserve the graves of the American servicemen buried in isolated graves outside of these cemeteries. They engage in youth outreach and other projects and activities to perpetuate remembrance. 

Please visit the website: https://aomda.org


Jérome Sheridan was the master of ceremony on behalf of the AOMDA.

At each grave, the story of the soldier was told and Belgian and Amercian flag were planted. A flower tribute was held at each of the three American graves.

To conclude the ceremony, a wreath was laid at the stone of remembrance on behalf of the patriotic associations of Poperinge. And the national anthems of Belgium, the United Kingdom and the United States were played.

  Page made by Dominique Bascour.