A day to HONOR: Luxembourg, U.S. remember Veterans Day

Ceremonial guardsmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, march while carrying the Luxembourg and American flags during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. The ceremony paid tribute to the legacy of service of members of the American armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

Ceremonial guardsmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, march while carrying the Luxembourg and American flags during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. The ceremony paid tribute to the legacy of service of members of the American armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

A detail of Airmen assigned to the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, stand at parade rest before a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. The ceremony paid tribute to the legacy of service of members of the American armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

A detail of Airmen assigned to the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, stand at parade rest before a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. The ceremony paid tribute to the legacy of service of members of the American armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

David McKean, U.S. Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, speaks during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. The ceremony paid tribute to the legacy of service of members of the American armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

David McKean, U.S. Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, speaks during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. The ceremony paid tribute to the legacy of service of members of the American armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

Citizens of Luxembourg and the United States of America listen during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. The ceremony paid tribute to the legacy of service of members of the American armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

Citizens of Luxembourg and the United States of America listen during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. The ceremony paid tribute to the legacy of service of members of the American armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

Ceremonial guardsmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, march while carrying the Luxembourg and American flags during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. The ceremony paid tribute to the legacy of service of members of the American armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

Ceremonial guardsmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, march while carrying the Luxembourg and American flags during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. The ceremony paid tribute to the legacy of service of members of the American armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

A collection of wreaths remain on display during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. The ceremony paid tribute to the legacy of service of members of the American armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

A collection of wreaths remain on display during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. The ceremony paid tribute to the legacy of service of members of the American armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

David McKean, U.S. Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, center right, waits with a detail of American service members before presenting a wreath during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. The ceremony paid tribute to the legacy of service of members of the American armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

David McKean, U.S. Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, center right, waits with a detail of American service members before presenting a wreath during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. The ceremony paid tribute to the legacy of service of members of the American armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

David McKean, U.S. Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, adjusts a wreath during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. The ceremony paid tribute to the legacy of service of members of the American armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

David McKean, U.S. Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, adjusts a wreath during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. The ceremony paid tribute to the legacy of service of members of the American armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Guardsmen stand at attention during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial in Hamm, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. The American Battle Monuments Commission administers the cemetery which serves as the final resting places of 5,076 American service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Guardsmen stand at attention during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial in Hamm, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. The American Battle Monuments Commission administers the cemetery which serves as the final resting places of 5,076 American service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

Senior Airman Joshua Dewberry, 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, salutes along with fellow Airmen during a Veterans Day memorial ceremony at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial in Hamm, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. Dewberry and more than 40 Pitsenberger Airmen Leadership School students from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, participated in the ceremony to honor the service and sacrifice of American veterans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)
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Senior Airman Joshua Dewberry, 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, salutes along with fellow Airmen during a Veterans Day memorial ceremony at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial in Hamm, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. Dewberry and more than 40 Pitsenberger Airmen Leadership School students from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, participated in the ceremony to honor the service and sacrifice of American veterans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

A U.S. Air Force Airman walks among white marble crosses and stars marking the burial sites of American service members at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial in Hamm, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. Approximately 5,076 U.S. service members who died during World War II are buried at this site. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)
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A U.S. Air Force Airman walks among white marble crosses and stars marking the burial sites of American service members at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial in Hamm, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016. Approximately 5,076 U.S. service members who died during World War II are buried at this site. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

LUXEMBOURG --

More than 200 Luxembourgers and Americans honored the service and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces as part of a Veterans Day at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg, Nov. 11, 2016.

David McKean, U.S. ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Col. Joe McFall, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, Col. Steven Horton, 52nd FW vice commander, Chief Master Sgt. Edwin Ludwigsen, 52nd FW command chief, and more than 50 Airmen from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, gathered to pay tribute to the men and women laid to rest at the cemetery and memorial site and all veterans as part of the national holiday.

“On Veterans Day, we salute the women and men who have proudly worn the uniform of the United States of America and the families who have served alongside them,” said President Barack Obama in a 2016 Veterans Day proclamation. “We affirm our sacred duty as citizens to express our enduring gratitude, both in words and in actions, for their service.”

In 1919, former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 the first commemoration of Armistice Day, which marked the conclusion of the First World War.

The cemetery, one of the fourteen permanent World War II American military cemeteries erected on foreign soil, serves as the final resting place of 5,076 American service members since its establishment Dec. 29, 1944 by the 609th Quartermaster Company of the U.S. Third Army in Luxembourg.

Photos from the ceremony can be seen in the following photo set on the Spangdahlem Air Base Flickr page.