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Fallen WWII American service members remembered for bravery, sacrifice during Memorial Day ceremony in North Africa
“I wanted to be here as an old soldier and pay tribute to the young soldier who died to defend values we hold dear.”
The graves of US Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia, May 30, 2016. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Samantha Reho/Released)
6 photos: AFRICOM leadership participate in Memorial Day ceremony in Tunisia
Photo 1 of 6: The graves of US Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia, May 30, 2016. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Samantha Reho/Released) Download full-resolution version
US and Tunisian Honor Guards at the wreath laying ceremony conducted at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia, May 30, 2016. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Samantha Reho/Released)
6 photos: Memorial Day 2016
Photo 2 of 6: US and Tunisian Honor Guards at the wreath laying ceremony conducted at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia, May 30, 2016. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Samantha Reho/Released) Download full-resolution version
Gen. David Rodriguez delivers remarks as part of the wreath laying ceremony at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, May 30, 2016. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Samantha Reho/Released)
6 photos: Memorial Day 2016
Photo 3 of 6: Gen. David Rodriguez delivers remarks as part of the wreath laying ceremony at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, May 30, 2016. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Samantha Reho/Released) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Army Col. Kenneth Adgie lays a wreath to honor the First Armored Division at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia, May 30, 2016. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Samantha Reho/Released)
6 photos: Memorial Day 2016
Photo 4 of 6: U.S. Army Col. Kenneth Adgie lays a wreath to honor the First Armored Division at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia, May 30, 2016. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Samantha Reho/Released) Download full-resolution version
L-R: AFRICOM Senior Enlisted Leader, U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Darrin Bohn, U.S. Amb. to Libya Peter Bodde, U.S. Amb. to Tunisia Daniel Rubenstein and AFRICOM Commander, U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez render honors to the fallen during a wreath laying ceremony conducted at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia, May 30, 2016. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Samantha Reho/Released)
6 photos: Memorial Day 2016
Photo 5 of 6: L-R: AFRICOM Senior Enlisted Leader, U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Darrin Bohn, U.S. Amb. to Libya Peter Bodde, U.S. Amb. to Tunisia Daniel Rubenstein and AFRICOM Commander, U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez render honors to the fallen during a wreath laying ceremony conducted at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia, May 30, 2016. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Samantha Reho/Released) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Amb. to Tunisia Daniel Rubenstein delivers remarks during a wreath laying ceremony conducted at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia, May 30, 2016. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Samantha Reho/Released)
6 photos: Memorial Day 2016
Photo 6 of 6: U.S. Amb. to Tunisia Daniel Rubenstein delivers remarks during a wreath laying ceremony conducted at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia, May 30, 2016. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Samantha Reho/Released) Download full-resolution version
The graves of US Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia, May 30, 2016. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Samantha Reho/Released)
US and Tunisian Honor Guards at the wreath laying ceremony conducted at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia, May 30, 2016. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Samantha Reho/Released)
Gen. David Rodriguez delivers remarks as part of the wreath laying ceremony at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, May 30, 2016. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Samantha Reho/Released)
U.S. Army Col. Kenneth Adgie lays a wreath to honor the First Armored Division at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia, May 30, 2016. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Samantha Reho/Released)
L-R: AFRICOM Senior Enlisted Leader, U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Darrin Bohn, U.S. Amb. to Libya Peter Bodde, U.S. Amb. to Tunisia Daniel Rubenstein and AFRICOM Commander, U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez render honors to the fallen during a wreath laying ceremony conducted at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia, May 30, 2016. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Samantha Reho/Released)
U.S. Amb. to Tunisia Daniel Rubenstein delivers remarks during a wreath laying ceremony conducted at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia, May 30, 2016. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Samantha Reho/Released)

CARTHAGE, Tunisia – The commander and senior enlisted officer of U.S. Africa Command laid a wreath in Tunisia May 30 to honor the 6,565 U.S. service members who were laid to rest or listed as missing in action at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial.

The majority lost their lives during World War II military activities in North Africa that ultimately culminated in Tunisia’s liberation in 1943.

General David Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Africa Command, said it was fitting as the senior U.S. military commander in Africa to be in Tunisia on Memorial Day stating he wanted to honor those young service-members who spent their final days on the African continent.

“As I near the end of my career as a solider, my visit to this cemetery and memorial is personally significant,” Rodriguez said.  “I wanted to be here as an old soldier and pay tribute to the young soldiers who died to defend values we hold dear.”

Several members of the Tunisian military, including their honor guard, attended and participated in the Memorial Day ceremony.

U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia Daniel Rubinstein highlighted the symbolism of having both U.S. and Tunisian honor guards joined together during the ceremony “on this day of tribute because the story of the Campaign for Tunisia is just as much theirs as it is ours.”

The U.S. and Tunisia have shared a longstanding partnership focused on creating the conditions for security and stability within Tunisia and throughout the Maghreb. 

Rodriguez reiterated the importance of this friendship during this critical time in history where transnational threats seek to endanger the safety and security of our Tunisian partners.

“We must continue to work together to address our common threats, and to face today’s challenges with the same ardor and conviction that our men and women brought to great challenges of the past,” he said.

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