Fallen remembered at Madingley Cemetery Memorial Day ceremony
ROYAL AIR FORCE MILDENHALL, England - American service members stationed in the United Kingdom observed Memorial Day May 25 at Madingley American Cemetery near Cambridge.
CAMBRIDGE, England — Dave Harper, the piper for the Memorial Day ceremony at Madingley Memorial Cemetery, prepares to march with the Royal Air Force Mildenhall Honor Guard Colors Team, May 25, 2009. The colors team participated in a full-honors tribute to the veterans laid to rest on British soil. (Department of Defense photo by Air Force Senior Airman Christopher L. Ingersoll)
3 photos: CAMBRIDGE, England — Dave Harper, the piper for the Memorial Day ceremony at Madingley Memorial Cemetery, prepares to march with the Royal Air Force Mildenhall Honor Guard Colors Team, May 25, 2
Photo 1 of 3: CAMBRIDGE, England — Dave Harper, the piper for the Memorial Day ceremony at Madingley Memorial Cemetery, prepares to march with the Royal Air Force Mildenhall Honor Guard Colors Team, May 25, 2009. The colors team participated in a full-honors tribute to the veterans laid to rest on British soil. (Department of Defense photo by Air Force Senior Airman Christopher L. Ingersoll) Download full-resolution version
CAMBRIDGE, England — A ceremony is held on Memorial Day, May 25, 2009, to honor the thousands of American veterans laid to rest here at Madingley Memorial Cemetery. The ceremony included key note speakers, wreath laying and fly-overs with a KC-135 Stratotanker from RAF Mildenhall and F-15E Strike Eagles from RAF Lakenheath. (Department of Defense photo by Air Force Senior Airman Christopher L. Ingersoll)
3 photos: CAMBRIDGE, England — A ceremony is held on Memorial Day, May 25, 2009, to honor the thousands of American veterans laid to rest here at Madingley Memorial Cemetery. The ceremony included key not
Photo 2 of 3: CAMBRIDGE, England — A ceremony is held on Memorial Day, May 25, 2009, to honor the thousands of American veterans laid to rest here at Madingley Memorial Cemetery. The ceremony included key note speakers, wreath laying and fly-overs with a KC-135 Stratotanker from RAF Mildenhall and F-15E Strike Eagles from RAF Lakenheath. (Department of Defense photo by Air Force Senior Airman Christopher L. Ingersoll) Download full-resolution version
CAMBRIDGE, England — Dozens of Airmen carry wreaths donated form various organizations to lay at the Wall of the Lost as part of the Memorial Day event at Madingley Memorial Cemetery, May 25, 2009. The event is held annually and includes full military honors. (Department of Defense photo by Air Force Senior Airman Christopher L. Ingersoll)
3 photos: CAMBRIDGE, England — Dozens of Airmen carry wreaths donated form various organizations to lay at the Wall of the Lost as part of the Memorial Day event at Madingley Memorial Cemetery, May 25, 20
Photo 3 of 3: CAMBRIDGE, England — Dozens of Airmen carry wreaths donated form various organizations to lay at the Wall of the Lost as part of the Memorial Day event at Madingley Memorial Cemetery, May 25, 2009. The event is held annually and includes full military honors. (Department of Defense photo by Air Force Senior Airman Christopher L. Ingersoll) Download full-resolution version
CAMBRIDGE, England — Dave Harper, the piper for the Memorial Day ceremony at Madingley Memorial Cemetery, prepares to march with the Royal Air Force Mildenhall Honor Guard Colors Team, May 25, 2009. The colors team participated in a full-honors tribute to the veterans laid to rest on British soil. (Department of Defense photo by Air Force Senior Airman Christopher L. Ingersoll)
CAMBRIDGE, England — A ceremony is held on Memorial Day, May 25, 2009, to honor the thousands of American veterans laid to rest here at Madingley Memorial Cemetery. The ceremony included key note speakers, wreath laying and fly-overs with a KC-135 Stratotanker from RAF Mildenhall and F-15E Strike Eagles from RAF Lakenheath. (Department of Defense photo by Air Force Senior Airman Christopher L. Ingersoll)
CAMBRIDGE, England — Dozens of Airmen carry wreaths donated form various organizations to lay at the Wall of the Lost as part of the Memorial Day event at Madingley Memorial Cemetery, May 25, 2009. The event is held annually and includes full military honors. (Department of Defense photo by Air Force Senior Airman Christopher L. Ingersoll)

ROYAL AIR FORCE MILDENHALL, England — American service members stationed in the United Kingdom observed Memorial Day May 25 at Madingley American Cemetery near Cambridge.

Several guest speakers, including the granddaughter of famous World War II hero Gen. James Doolittle, delivered messages of gratitude and inspiration to the crowd. Following the speeches, more than 100 floral decorations were placed at the base of the cemetery's Wall of the Missing by representatives from various military and civilian organizations.

Airman 1st Class Stephanie Vidal, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron, carried the last floral decoration to be placed at the wall, and said it felt good to be a part of something so important.

The Airman, who has only been stationed at in England for two months, said "It's cool to see the families who have come out to this."

Following the invocation by 100th Air Refueling Wing Chaplain Maj. Stewart King, Hugh Duberly, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, gave a moving speech addressing the presence of the American military on English soil.

"You are very welcome visitors who have become a part of our community and way of life," he said. "We are honored to be here amongst you today at this somber ceremony, sharing with you your loss and ever grateful that you are still alongside us."

After Mr. Duberly's address, the microphone was turned over to Jonna Doolittle-Hoppes, whose grandfather led the famous heavy-bomber air raid on Tokyo in World War II. She spoke of her grandfather's admiration of his men, and how he did everything he could to personally contact the loved ones of all who had fallen under his command.

Once Ms. Doolittle-Hoppes had concluded her speech, the floral arrangements were laid in place, and the audience looked skyward as a KC-135 from the 100th ARW flew low over the cemetery, followed by a four-ship Missing Man formation of F-15E Strike Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath.

In conclusion, "Amazing Grace" was performed on bagpipes by piper Dave Harper, and a 21-gun salute from the RAF Mildenhall Honor Guard rang out through the rows of white headstones followed by a final prayer, and the ceremony was done.

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