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Remembering The Fallen: US Memorial Day Commemorated In UK

Representatives of the US armed forces gathered at Brookwood American Military Cemetery in Surrey.

Commemorations for the United States Memorial Day have been held in the UK.

The day of remembrance, on the last Monday in May, is a tribute to the lives of fallen American service personnel.

Dignitaries and representatives of the armed forces were among those gathered at Brookwood American Military Cemetery in Surrey on Monday.

The US Air Force performed a flypast in a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.

Readings in commemoration of the fallen were heard, before a minute's silence was observed.

Brookwood American Military Cemetery, Surrey.
Representatives of the armed forces were among those gathered at Brookwood American Military Cemetery in Surrey.

British veterans Lewis Trinder, who served on D-Day, and Jan Clout said: "We got an invitation about 10 years ago to come, so we've been coming ever since.

"This again, like going to France, to a certain degree, is a pilgrimage in our own land.

"To be here is a privilege, an honour, and to be able to tell people, to answer questions they ask, we're only too willing to do so."

The ceremony in Surrey was just one of the many held around the world to honour the fallen.

President Trump makes a Memorial Day address aboard USS Wasp, Memorial Day 2019 (Picture: US Department of Defense).
President Trump made a Memorial Day address during a visit to Japan this week (Picture: US Department of Defense).

Also marking US Memorial Day, Donald Trump ended his visit to Japan with a speech to troops on board Japanese and American warships.

At the Yokosuka naval base, the US President praised the strength of the military alliance between the two nations.

Speaking to more than 800 service members on board the USS Wasp, the President wished them a "happy Memorial Day" and praised personnel as "daring and mighty warriors in the Pacific".

President Trump has been criticised for skipping visits to cemeteries to honour US troops, but he placed flags on graves in Arlington Cemetery last week before leaving for Japan.