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City of Lyon commemorates U.S. participation in World War I

By Staff Sgt. Frank Brown
Army News Service, via the Fort Gordon News web site

LYON, France — On a damp, cold November day in Lyon, France, a French Military Veteran who has seen generations come and go, looks across the field and sees a U.S. Soldier who’s barely seen life beyond basic training. Today they stand on common ground.

Lyon 2France’s Musique de l’Artillerie and U.S. Army Soldiers from 110th Military Police Company and the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus march to the memorial site after the conclusion of a Remembrance Day ceremony at Parc de la Tête d’or, Nov. 11. Staff Sgt. Frank Brown / Army News Service A century ago, U.S. forces marched onto the battlefields of World War I and fought shoulder to shoulder with allied forces for two years. Nov. 11 marks the 99th anniversary of Armistice Day -- the day battle-weary Soldiers laid down their arms and the curtain of conflict came to a close.

The formations of former and current service members along with local citizens and city officials from Lyon commemorated these historic moments during Remembrance Day ceremony, Nov. 11 in Lyon, France.

The U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus played alongside the French Musique de l’Artillerie as the 110th Military Police Company stood proudly holding the colors.

This is the first time the city of Lyon has had a U.S. military contingent participate in the ceremony to honor those in whose footsteps of service they follow and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

"It was one of the highlights of my posting thus far to assist in bringing our Soldiers to Lyon,” said Rebecca Kimbrell, U.S. consul to Lyon. “The French value our enduring alliance, and it is very important to them to commemorate our contributions in both World Wars. Participating in the ceremony with our Soldiers, and hearing our anthem played by Musique de l’Artillerie made me very proud, and our Lyonnaise partners, civilian and military, were so honored to have their participation at this event. It was a symbolic day, and I am grateful to all those who made it possible.”

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