US Marines’ Bravery Celebrated 100 Years after French Battle

High-ranking military officials from the U.S., France and Germany have taken part in Memorial Day ceremonies at an American cemetery in northern France to mark the centennial of the battle of Belleau Wood, a turning point in World War I and a key moment in Marine Corps history.

The ceremony at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in the village of Belleau on Sunday included speeches by military officials, including Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, prayers, wreath laying, reading of poems and the national anthems of the three countries.

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A crowd of more than 5,000 attended the event celebrating the fierce and deadly monthlong battle considered as the first major engagement of U.S. troops in the war, especially Marines whose bravery helped the Allied Forces win in Belleau.


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  1. appeasers like Neville Chamberland and barack ‘hussein’ obama never get the concept that ‘freedom is NOT FREE’. we FOUGHT [FASCISM] IN EUROPE and the South Pacific and now we are fighting it in America liberals ARE ‘fascists’.

  2. Years ago a sign along side the road entering Camp San Onofre infantry training area on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton California the sign said, ” The More You Sweat in Peace The Less you Bleed War” still holds true. Of course along with good well trained leaders needed to lead in combat, there also needs to be fighters with mental hardness, physical and emotional and yes spiritual endurance. The Marine Commandant recently was quoted to say there is another World War 2 fight brewing in the Pacific. 2nd Bn 4th Marines Vietnam.

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