Luxembourg-American Cemetery and Memorial hosts Memorial Day event

The 52nd Fighter Wing Honor Guard presents the Luxembourg and U.S. flags during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg-American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg, May 24, 2014. Members of the Luxembourg military were also present to participate in the ceremony and to show their respects. The cemetery is home to more than 5,000 service members who died during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

The 52nd Fighter Wing Honor Guard presents the Luxembourg and U.S. flags during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg-American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg, May 24, 2014. Members of the Luxembourg military were also present to participate in the ceremony and to show their respects. The cemetery is home to more than 5,000 service members who died during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, speaks to military members, veterans and visitors during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg-American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg, May 24, 2014. Gorenc stressed the importance of the commitment of combined partnerships working together to ensure the security of nations. USAFE-AFAFRICA ready Airmen are prepared and positioned to deter aggression, prevent crisis, and support the full-spectrum of operations with a response time that allows the U.S. to be first to the fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, speaks to military members, veterans and visitors during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg-American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg, May 24, 2014. Gorenc stressed the importance of the commitment of combined partnerships working together to ensure the security of nations. USAFE-AFAFRICA ready Airmen are prepared and positioned to deter aggression, prevent crisis, and support the full-spectrum of operations with a response time that allows the U.S. to be first to the fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

Two U.S. Air Force Airmen place a wreath for U.S. Air Force Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, to honor the men and women of the U.S. military, past and present during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg-American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg, May 24, 2014. USAFE-AFAFRICA maintains a forward presence allowing the building of new and deeper partnerships across Europe and Africa like coming together to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Two U.S. Air Force Airmen place a wreath for U.S. Air Force Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, to honor the men and women of the U.S. military, past and present during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg-American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg, May 24, 2014. USAFE-AFAFRICA maintains a forward presence allowing the building of new and deeper partnerships across Europe and Africa like coming together to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

U.S. and Luxembourg dignitaries offer their respects during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg-American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg, May 24, 2014. Remaining forward, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa maintains its readiness to execute NATO commitments and to preserve our allied and partner relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

U.S. and Luxembourg dignitaries offer their respects during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg-American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg, May 24, 2014. Remaining forward, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa maintains its readiness to execute NATO commitments and to preserve our allied and partner relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

The Luxembourg Musique Militaire performs the Luxembourg and U.S. national anthems during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg-American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg, May 24, 2014. Memorial Day ceremonies are held throughout Europe to honor service members who fell during world conflicts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

The Luxembourg Musique Militaire performs the Luxembourg and U.S. national anthems during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg-American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg, May 24, 2014. Memorial Day ceremonies are held throughout Europe to honor service members who fell during world conflicts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

Fallen World War II service members are remembered and honored during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg-American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg, May 24, 2014. The cemetery and memorial is the resting place for more than 5,000 U.S. service members, including U.S. Army Gen. George S. Patton. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

Fallen World War II service members are remembered and honored during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg-American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg, May 24, 2014. The cemetery and memorial is the resting place for more than 5,000 U.S. service members, including U.S. Army Gen. George S. Patton. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

U.S. and Luxembourg flags are placed at the head stones of more than 5,000 fallen World War II service members during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg-American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg, May 24, 2014. Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who have died while in military service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

U.S. and Luxembourg flags are placed at the head stones of more than 5,000 fallen World War II service members during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg-American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg, May 24, 2014. Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who have died while in military service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Cherri Wheeler, U.S. Air Forces in Europe command chaplain, recites a prayer during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg-American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg, May 24, 2014. Through relationships with partner countries, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Airmen have successfully supported humanitarian, contingency and daily operations anywhere across the European region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Cherri Wheeler, U.S. Air Forces in Europe command chaplain, recites a prayer during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg-American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg, May 24, 2014. Through relationships with partner countries, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Airmen have successfully supported humanitarian, contingency and daily operations anywhere across the European region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

Wreaths are lined up around the fence line during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg-American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg, May 24, 2014. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge which occurred in World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

Wreaths are lined up around the fence line during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg-American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg, May 24, 2014. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge which occurred in World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

Names of U.S. Army and U.S. Army Air Forces personnel who were lost at war are on display at the Luxembourg-American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg, May 24, 2014. Memorial Day is designated to honor fallen service members and to thank them for their sacrifices to their country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)
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Names of U.S. Army and U.S. Army Air Forces personnel who were lost at war are on display at the Luxembourg-American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg, May 24, 2014. Memorial Day is designated to honor fallen service members and to thank them for their sacrifices to their country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- A Memorial Day ceremony took place May 24, 2014 at Luxembourg-American Cemetery and Memorial to honor the service members buried here who died while serving their country in World War II.

More than 5,000 men and women from the U.S. armed forces are buried here including U.S. Army Gen. George S. Patton.

"We gather to honor those who have worn our nation's uniform, and more importantly, we join to remember their service and sacrifice," said U.S. Air Force Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander. "Whether serving in time of war or peace, America's military forces have been sustained by one common driving belief and that belief is in freedom."

Memorial Day is not only a day to honor those who died in World War II but in all conflicts the U.S. has fought.

The Prime Minister of Luxembourg, His Excellency Mr. Xavier Bettel, thanked the U.S. for the sacrifices they made to liberate Luxembourg in World War II.

"70 years ago, young Americans came to Luxembourg to fight...to fight for us. They didn't know who you were, how we lived, but they fought for our liberties," Bettel said. "We should never forget what they did for us."

The U.S. Ambassador to NATO, Douglas E. Lute, thanked those who served and reflected on the achievements that were made by the men and women in World War II.

"While we remember this Memorial Day, the thousands resting peacefully here and the many tens of thousands of their brothers and sisters also resting on European soil," said Lute, "let's remember that they fought and died to end a great war. They fought and died also to lay the foundation of the peace that we have enjoyed ever since."

USAFE-AFAFRICA maintains a forward presence, allowing the building of new and deeper partnerships across Europe and Africa.

"Places such as this cemetery say all that needs to be said about the ties that bind America and Europe," Lute said.

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa maintains its readiness to execute NATO commitments and preserve allied and partner interoperability.

"As in World War II, this generation of military service members is not alone but is also joined by our friends, our allies and our partners who share a commitment to freedom," Gorenc said. "This commitment is reflected by our combined partnership as we work together to ensure the security of our nations."

The ceremony ended with cannon fire and the playing of the U.S. and Luxembourg national anthems.

"We mark this day as a celebration of selfless sacrifice, the legacy of our armed forces is a proud and honorable one," Gorenc said. "No matter where they have been called to serve, they have responded exceptionally."