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MEMORIAL DAY IN BELGIUM: WEEKEND OF 25-30 MAY 2017

The Isolated Graves

Eleven soldiers and aviators who fought and died in the American armed forces during the First and Second World Wars are buried in Belgium outside of the three American military cemeteries.  AOMDA honors their sacrifice too by holding Memorial Day ceremonies at each of their graves over the course of the extended Memorial Day weekend.  AOMDA also works to maintain the graves of seven of these soldiers and airmen in cooperation with the families and local authorities. (The other four graves are located in British and Commonwealth War Graves Cemeteries and are maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.) 

 The four isolated burials from the First World War are:

 

Sergeant
David Stanley Beattie

Private First
Class Harry A. King

First Lieutenant
James A. Pigue

Private John G. Bekaert

The seven isolated burials from the Second World War are:

Private First Class
Joseph G. Farina

Second Lieutenant
Robert L. Garrett

Second Lieutenant
Gilbert A. Malrait

Staff Sergeant
Gerald E. Sorenson

First Lieutenant
Donald West


Private First Class
Charles Roegiers


First Lieutentant
Charles Goffin
 

Each year, during Memorial Day weekend, AOMDA conducts a small ceremony at each of these graves. The schedule of these ceremonies during Memorial Day weekend can be found here.
 
In addition to these eight men, hundreds of Americans who fought and died while fighting with British and Commonwealth armed forces in both world wars are also buried in Belgium.