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Memorial Day 2019

A joint service color guard marches away from the ceremony at the Florence American Cemetery Memorial Day event in Florence, Italy on May 27, 2019. The color guard carried the flags of the United States, Italy and the U. S. European Command Headquarters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

A joint service color guard marches away from the ceremony at the Florence American Cemetery Memorial Day event in Florence, Italy on May 27, 2019. The color guard carried the flags of the United States, Italy and the U. S. European Command Headquarters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

A 21-gun salute was performed by members of the U. S. Army at the Florence American Cemetery Memorial Day event in Florence, Italy on May 27, 2019. The 21-gun salute is the highest honor a nation can render. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

A 21-gun salute was performed by members of the U. S. Army at the Florence American Cemetery Memorial Day event in Florence, Italy on May 27, 2019. The 21-gun salute is the highest honor a nation can render. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

A wreath laying ceremony is held at the Florence American Cemetery Memorial Day event in Florence, Italy on May 27, 2019. Wreaths are presented to show the high esteem the men and women who have fallen are held in. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

A wreath laying ceremony is held at the Florence American Cemetery Memorial Day event in Florence, Italy on May 27, 2019. Wreaths are presented to show the high esteem the men and women who have fallen are held in. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

Gen. Tod D. Wolters, commander of U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, speaks at the Florence American Cemetery Memorial Day event in Florence, Italy on May 27, 2019. Wolters became the SACEUR on May 3, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

Gen. Tod D. Wolters, commander of U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, speaks at the Florence American Cemetery Memorial Day event in Florence, Italy on May 27, 2019. Wolters became the SACEUR on May 3, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to 555th Fighter Squadron from Aviano Air Base, Italy perform a flyover at the Florence American Cemetery Memorial Day event in Florence, Italy on May 27, 2019. Memorial Day is used to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to 555th Fighter Squadron from Aviano Air Base, Italy perform a flyover at the Florence American Cemetery Memorial Day event in Florence, Italy on May 27, 2019. Memorial Day is used to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

Master Sgt. Tamieka Morgan, 31st Fighter Wing executive assistant to the command chief, salutes as a joint service color guard presents the colors at the Florence American Cemetery Memorial Day event in Florence, Italy on May 27, 2019. The 31st Fighter Wing represented the U.S. Air Force by sending a formation of Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

Master Sgt. Tamieka Morgan, 31st Fighter Wing executive assistant to the command chief, salutes as a joint service color guard presents the colors at the Florence American Cemetery Memorial Day event in Florence, Italy on May 27, 2019. The 31st Fighter Wing represented the U.S. Air Force by sending a formation of Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

31st Fighter Wing Airmen from Aviano Air Base, Italy stand in formation at the Florence American Cemetery Memorial Day event in Florence, Italy on May 27, 2019. The event honored the fallen and recognized the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Florence by allied forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

31st Fighter Wing Airmen from Aviano Air Base, Italy stand in formation at the Florence American Cemetery Memorial Day event in Florence, Italy on May 27, 2019. The event honored the fallen and recognized the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Florence by allied forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy --

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy attended the Florence American Cemetery Memorial Day event on May 27, 2019.

A formation of Aviano Airmen traveled to Florence to honor the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who have given their lives for their country.

                “It was a humbling experience,” said Staff Sgt. Erron Farrow, 31st Fighter Wing NCO in charge of mishap prevention. “And the best way to express my gratitude for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. “

Within the Florence American Cemetery, 4,398 service members have been laid to rest. On Memorial Day, we pay solemn tribute to their ultimate sacrifice.

 

U.S. Air Force General Tod D. Wolters, commander of U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, was a guest speaker during the day of commemoration to honor the lives and legacy of fallen U.S. service members.

                “To the fallen, to their families left behind,” said Wolters. “On this Memorial Day, know that we remember and are so deeply thankful that these warriors lived.“

The Florence American Cemetery Memorial Day event honored fallen U.S. Service members and marked the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Florence. World War II forged partnerships and reinforced trans-Atlantic bonds that remain to this day.