Obama to Honor WWI Vets at Belgian Cemetery

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President Barack Obama will honor hundreds of Americans killed during World War I when he visits Flanders Field American Cemetery in Belgium, 100 years after the outbreak of the Great War. (March 25)

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Waregem, Belgium - March 24, 2014

1. Mid white crosses mark graves inside the Flanders Field American Cemetery

2. Tight American flag waving in the wind

3. Tight cemetery sign reading (English) "Flanders Field American Cemetery"

4. Wide of cemetery

5. Tight pan of gravestone of Sergeant Walter Lang of Ohio who died on November 11, 1918

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Patrick Lernout, Author (Transcript Below)

7. Wide cemetery entrance

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Sims, Flanders Field American Cemetery Guide (Transcript Below)

9. Various of white crosses

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Bierbeek, Belgium - March 19, 2014

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Luc De Vos, Leuven University (Transcript Below)

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Waregem, Belgium - March 24, 2014

11. Mid white crosses in cemetery

12. Tight Jewish star gravestone of Lieutenant Colonel Morris N. Liebmann from New York who died on August 6, 1918

13. Mid white crosses in cemetery

14. Wide pan of monument in the middle of Flanders Field American Cemetery

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IS SET TO HONOR SEVERAL HUNDRED AMERICANS WHO DIED IN EUROPE DURING WORLD WAR ONE WHEN HE VISITS FLANDERS FIELD AMERICAN CEMETERY IN BELGIUM ON WEDNESDAY.

FLANDERS FIELD IS THE SMALLEST OF THE EIGHT WORLD WAR ONE U-S MILITARY CEMETERIES IN EUROPE, AND IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED.

SOUNDBITE (English) Patrick Lernout, Flanders Field American Cemetery author:

"Sometimes the Flanders Field cemetery is forgotten and that is why the importance is so big that President Obama comes here."

THE LOCATION OF THE CEMETERY ALSO HAS SIGNIFICANCE.

SOUNDBITE (English) Christopher Sims, Flanders Field American Cemetery guide:

"The significance here and why they chose Waregem as the site for a permanent cemetery was because the last offensive of the Great War for the Americans started here in Waregem."

AMERICA DIDN'T BECOME FULLY INVOLVED IN THE GREAT WAR UNTIL 1917.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Luc De Vos, Professor at Leuven University:

"And at that moment the American army was smaller than the Danish army and much smaller than the Belgian army so they had to build an army and they took months and it was only in 1918 that you had American troops on the front."

THE 368 MEN BURIED AT FLANDERS FIELD WERE PART OF A U-S CONTINGENT OF UP TO 2 MILLION SOLDIERS DEPLOYED DURING THE GREAT WAR.

2014 MARKS 100 YEARS SINCE THE OUTBREAK OF WORLD WAR ONE, A MILESTONE THAT IS BEING COMMEMORATED THROUGHOUT EUROPE.

MATTHEW BURGOYNE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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