by Maj. Sheryll Klinkel
USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs
5/24/2015 - PARIS, France -- Gen.
Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces in Africa
commander, and Airmen from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, participated in
Memorial Day ceremonies in and around Paris May 24, 2015 to pay tribute
to fallen comrades.
The events included wreath-laying ceremonies at Sureness American
Cemetery near Paris, and the Arc de Triomphe, to honor the Tomb on the
Unknown Soldier who is buried beneath.
Approximately 200 U.S. and French service members, civilians, and
families attended the ceremony at Suresnes American Cemetery. The
ceremony also included participation of a U.S. Air Force honor guard
from the 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany; a C-130
Hercules flyover, also from the 86th AW; a United States Air Forces in
Europe Band bugler; and a speech and wreath-laying by the general.
The Suresnes American Cemetery is the resting place for 1,565 men and
women and 974 men and missing in actions. It is the only American
cemetery in Europe that shelters fallen comrades from both world wars.
At the Arc de Triomphe, approximately 100 U.S. and French service
members, civilians, and families attended an intimate ceremony to pay
respect to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The general presented a
wreath in front of the eternal flame, while an honor guard presented
colors, and a bandsman concluded the ceremony with the playing of