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Members of The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni took part in the "Remember WWI Commemoration" tour in Belgium, Luxembourg and France hosted by Historic Programs November 8-15, 2022, with performances at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial; Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery; and Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, France.

The trip and event paid homage to all our World War I veterans, folks who are often forgotten as time passes. The American Battle Monuments Commission was determined to provide an opportunity for all to honor those veterans on the 100th anniversary of the enactment of the Treaty of Versailles, which officially ended World War I (while the war ended in 1918 and the treaty was signed in 1919, it didn't go into effect until January 1920). Although that date had passed, the event to honor those involved was no less important.

The Commemoration took place at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, the largest American Cemetery outside the US. The 130-acre cemetery inters 14,246 Americans, most of whom perished in the deadliest battle in American history, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. A sad fact is that while the Normandy American Cemetery (WWII) has over 1 million visitors a year, the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery (WWI) sees fewer than 5,000 visitors annually. This one-of-a-kind celebration and one-time event aimed to put focus back on the Meuse-Argonne and the thousands of Americans buried there and generally forgotten. TBDBITL Alumni hoped to have played a major role in accomplishing that goal.

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American Battle Monuments Commission:  https://www.abmc.gov


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