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US Marines’ courage, celebrated 100 years after the French started

BELLEAU, France – High-ranking military officials from the U.S., France and Germany have participated in the Memorial Day at the American cemetery in the north of France on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the battle of Belleau Wood, a turning point in the first world War and an important moment in Marine Corps history.

The ceremony at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in the village of Belleau on Sunday, speeches of military officials, including Gen. Robert Neller, commander of the U. S. Marine Corps, prayers, wreath laying, reading of the poems and the national anthems of the three countries.

A crowd of more than 5,000 attended the event celebrating the violent and deadly monthlong battle is considered the first major engagement of AMERICAN troops in the war, especially the Marines, whose courage helped the Allies win in Belleau.

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