AOMDA Isolated Graves Ceremony Schedule
Memorial Day Weekend 2017
During Memorial Day weekend, AOMDA conducts a Memorial Day ceremony at each of the isolated graves and at the two ABMC American monuments in Belgium. We also commemorate the Americans who fought and died while serving in British and Commonwealth armed forces during our ceremonies at the Lijssenthoek and Heverlee Commonwealth War Grave Cemeteries. Each ceremony consists of placing flags and flowers on the graves, playing the American and Belgian national anthems, plus one or more tributes. Each normally lasts for about twenty to thirty minutes. However, sometimes local community involvement can make the event larger and longer. By focusing on the lives of individual servicemen, these ceremonies add a more personal dimension to Memorial Day and the price of our freedom. We hope you will join us at one or more of these ceremonies!
This year, the schedule for the ceremonies is as follows:
Thursday, 25 May
11.30 Ceremony for Lt. Charles Goffin
Venue Community Cemetery at Graide
Rue du Mont
5555 Graide (Bièvre)
Friday, 26 May
Note: On the N331, the monument is 500 meters north of the Vierstraat and 125 meters south of the Moteweg
GPS: N50°49.688'; E2°42.085'
Venue: Old Cemetery (Oud Kerkhof) of Ronse.
Leuzesteenweg, near #75
GPS: N50°74.200'; E3°58.739'
Monday, 29 May
11.30 Ceremony for PVT Roger Opsommer
Venue Cemetery of Deinze
13.30 Ceremony for Pvt. John Bekaert
Venue Cemetery Camp Santo
9040 Sint-Amandsberg (Ghent)
15.30 Ceremony for PVT Charles Roegier
Venue Churchyard cemetery in Eeklo