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National Guard chief honors World War I battle anniversary

 

Top Intelligence News – Thousands of headstones silently testify to the American sacrifice at the Second Battle of the Marne 100 years ago — a sacrifice the chief of the National Guard Bureau honored recently.

Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel was the senior U.S. military attendee at the World War I Centennial Commemoration at Oise-Aisne American Cemetery on July 28, joined by Army Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Kepner, the senior enlisted advisor to the chief. More than a dozen adjutants general from states that contributed to the American Expeditionary Forces also honored the memory of service members who fought and died in “the war to end all wars.”

“We are gathered here to remember the service of Americans who gave ‘the last full measure of devotion’ to their country,” Lengyel said, quoting Lincoln, “and to find meaning in their service through this remembrance.”

Remembrance is important in order to sustain an understanding of our obligations in a free society, Lengyel said.

The National Guard comprised 18 of the 43 divisions the United States sent to France in World War I — about 40 percent of the American Expeditionary Force. More than 103,000 Guardsmen were killed or wounded, 43 percent of all American casualties.

By August 1918, the Second Battle of the Marne left Germany on the defensive, hastening the end of a war that had dragged on for four years, decimating a generation. Read more

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National Guard chief honors World War I battle anniversary

Thousands of headstones silently testify to the American sacrifice at the Second Battle of the Marne 100 years ago — a sacrifice the chief of the National Guard Bureau honored recently.

Thousands of headstones silently testify to the American sacrifice at the Second Battle of the Marne 100 years ago — a sacrifice the chief of the National Guard Bureau honored recently.

Thousands of headstones silently testify to the American sacrifice at the Second Battle of the Marne 100 years ago — a sacrifice the chief of the National Guard Bureau honored recently.