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Posted: June 14, 2018 4:19 p.m.
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Quintas: "We are here to remember"

Sgt. 1st Class Faiza Evans/

Maj. Gen. Leopoldo Quintas Jr., commander of the 3rd Infantry Division attended the Somme American Cemetery and Memorial Ceremony in Bony, France, May 27. The cemetery contains the graves of 1,844 U.S. Soldiers killed in WWI in the assault of the Hindenburg Line and the village of Cantigny. “We are here to remember; we are here to educate; and we are investing in your professional development,” Quintas said.

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The 3rd Infantry Division command team and a select group of 31 Soldiers attended the Cantigny American Monument relocation ceremony and the Somme American Cemetery Memorial Day ceremony in France, May 27, as part of the commemoration activities during the World War I centennial.  

The Cantigny monument was initially commissioned to immortalize more than 1,000 Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division “Big Red One” and French artillery soldiers who died in the first large offensive operations led by an American division during WWI in May 1918. 

The monument sits in the center of the village of Cantigny, which is located about 75 miles outside of Paris. At the very top of the memorial rest an eagle with broad wings that drape just above the names engraved on the face of the monument. 

"You see, our motto is, there's no mission too difficult and no sacrifice too great," Brig. Gen. Richard Coffman the1st Inf. Div. deputy commanding general for maneuver said in his remarks. "The mission was difficult -- we made many, many sacrifices … but, we know that freedom is not free and America was willing and always will be willing to support its great allies."

Following the ceremony, the 3rd ID Soldiers visited the Somme American Cemetery and Memorial Ceremony in Bony, France. The cemetery contains the graves of 1,844 U.S. Soldiers killed in WWI during the assault of the Hindenburg Line and the village of Cantigny. 

“We are here to remember,” said 3rd ID Commander, Maj. Gen. Leopoldo Quintas Jr., to his Soldiers. “We are here to educate and we are investing in your professional development.”

 


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