USAG Stuttgart hosts Memorial Day Ceremony

U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart's Col. Glenn K. Dickenson, garrison commander spoke to guests about the importance of honoring the fallen during a Memorial Day Ceremony hosted by the American Legion Stuttgart Post 6, May 30 at the Patch Chapel, Patch Barracks.

Col. Glenn K. Dickenson, U.S Army Garrison Stuttgart commander, speaks about the importance of honoring the fallen during a Memorial Day Ceremony hosted by the American Legion Stuttgart Post 6, May 30 at the Patch Chapel on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart-Vaihingen. Photo by Holly DeCarlo-White.

By Holly DeCarlo-White
USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs Office

U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart held a Memorial Day Ceremony hosted by the American Legion Stuttgart Post 6, May 30 at the Patch Chapel on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart-Vaihingen.

“Memorial Day is a day of solemn mourning, but it is also a day of reverent celebration–a celebration of men and women who dared all, who gave all, so that we might continue to enjoy the freedoms and benefits of this great nation,” said Col. Glenn K. Dickenson, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart commander.

The Stuttgart High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) color guard participated in the ceremony to post the colors, followed by the playing of the National Anthem.

Wreaths were placed in remembrance of the fallen by the American Legion Stuttgart Post 6, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10810, Association of the United States Army (AUSA). and the Stuttgart Clan of Motorcycle Enthusiast.

Joe Holder, senior vice commander of VFW Post 10810 in Stuttgart, closed the ceremony quoting General of the Armies, General John J. Pershing, “Time will not dim the glory of their deeds.”

The ceremony concluded with the Playing of Taps and a benediction by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Peter Ferris.

To view photos from USAG Stuttgart’s Memorial Day Ceremony, click here.

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