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Fog descends on Remembrance ceremony
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Fog descends on Remembrance ceremony

14.03.2012 From our online archive
A fly-by planned for Friday's Luxembourg American remembrance service had to be called off because of thick fog.

(JB) A fly-by planned for Friday's Luxembourg American remembrance service had to be called off because of thick fog.

The spectacle was to be performed by the 480th fighter squadron from the US air base in Spangdhalem, Germany, at around 11am on Friday.

Pilots had expected to fly above the Luxembourg American military cemetery in Hamm where around 300 people gathered to pay their respects.

The four-aircraft division, from the F16 fighter group had just returned from serving in Iraq and Libya and had volunteered to take part in the ceremony.

Members of the public, local dignitaries, war veterans and a scout troop from Belgium braved the cold weather to hear the vocation being given by Captain Zachary Nash, chaplain of the 52nd fighter wing. Wreaths were laid by US Ambassador to Luxembourg Robert Mandell, the president of the US veterans friends of Luxembourg society as well as the Patton Foundation.

Wreaths were also laid on General Patton's grave to honour the leader's birthday. He would have turned 126 on remembrance day.

Also present at the ceremony were Timothy Lone of the Patton Foundation, John Braun, a Luxembourgish citizen and American war veteran, Constant Gorgeren, president of the US veterans friends of Luxembourg association and Colonel Reinke, the new US Defence Attaché to Luxembourg and Belgium.