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Members of the Ramstein military motorcycle club from the Kaiserslautern Military Community ride in a group as they travel to pay their respects to the deceased at the Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Members of the Ramstein military motorcycle club from the Kaiserslautern Military Community ride in a group as they travel to pay their respects to the deceased at the Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

A member of the Ramstein military motorcycle club from the Kaiserslautern Military Community walks through the entrance of the Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

A member of the Ramstein military motorcycle club from the Kaiserslautern Military Community walks through the entrance of the Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

A member of the Ramstein military motorcycle club gazes upon the rows of graves of deceased war veterans at the Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veteran’s Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

A member of the Ramstein military motorcycle club gazes upon the rows of graves of deceased war veterans at the Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

A picture of a deceased war veteran lays on his gravestone at the Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veteran’s Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

A picture of a deceased war veteran lays on his gravestone at the Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Eric Schell, a French citizen, lays a U.S. flag and flowers on the gravestone of a deceased war veteran at the Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Eric Schell, a French citizen, lays a U.S. flag and flowers on the gravestone of a deceased war veteran at the Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Flowers lay next to a deceased war veteran’s gravestone at the Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Flowers lay next to a deceased war veteran’s gravestone at the Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

A flower lays on the gravestone of a deceased war veteran at the Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

A flower lays on the gravestone of a deceased war veteran at the Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

People visit a chapel to pay respects to deceased war veterans at the Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veteran’s Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

People visit a chapel to pay respects to deceased war veterans at the Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

A member of the Ramstein military motorcycle club from the Kaiserslautern Military community visits the Lorraine American Cemetery to pay respect to deceased war veterans Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

A member of the Ramstein military motorcycle club from the Kaiserslautern Military community visits the Lorraine American Cemetery to pay respect to deceased war veterans Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

A retired veteran opens a wreath laying ceremony in prayer to honor and pay his respects to the deceased war veterans at Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veteran’s Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)
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A retired veteran opens a wreath laying ceremony in prayer to honor and pay his respects to the deceased war veterans at Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

A woman awaits for the wreath laying ceremony to begin at the Lorraine American Cemetery to honor the deceased war veterans Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Pinned to her scarf is her deceased husband’s Legion of Merit medal, awarded to U.S. servicemembers for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. Veteran’s Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)
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A woman awaits for the wreath laying ceremony to begin at the Lorraine American Cemetery to honor the deceased war veterans Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Pinned to her scarf is her deceased husband’s Legion of Merit medal, awarded to U.S. servicemembers for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Representatives from several organizations visiting the Lorraine American Cemetery begin a wreath laying ceremony to honor the fallen war veterans Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veteran’s Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)
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Representatives from several organizations visiting the Lorraine American Cemetery begin a wreath laying ceremony to honor the fallen war veterans Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Two war veterans salute the wreaths laid to honor the fallen war veterans at Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veteran’s Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)
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Two war veterans salute the wreaths laid to honor the fallen war veterans at Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Members of the Ramstein military motorcycle club from the Kaiserslautern Military Community bow their heads in prayer as they pay respect to the fallen war veterans at Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veteran’s Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)
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Members of the Ramstein military motorcycle club from the Kaiserslautern Military Community bow their heads in prayer as they pay respect to the fallen war veterans at Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Sean, a U.S. Army veteran, becomes emotional, recalling memories of his friends who died in combat, at Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veteran’s Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)
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Sean, a U.S. Army veteran, becomes emotional, recalling memories of his friends who died in combat, at Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Members of the Ramstein military motorcycle club from the Kaiserslautern Military Community ride in a group as they travel to pay their respects to the deceased at the Lorraine American Cemetery Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Avold, France. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11 and commemorates military veterans who currently serve or have served the U.S. armed forces, including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. According to the DoD and Veterans Administration, since World War I, approximately 624,000 U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action battling in wars and conflicts. The Lorraine American Cemetery contains the buried remains of over 10,000 of them. It is the largest burial site of U.S. servicemembers in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)