MEUSE-ARGONNE AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

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  1. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+ Founding Member

    A grateful thanks to all who have and will serve our country.


    Surprising that a World War 1 Memorial is the largest overseas.


    Thanks again, but thanks will never be enough..

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    American Battle Monuments Commission
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    MEUSE-ARGONNE AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL



    Within the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial in France, which covers 130.5 acres, rest the largest number of our military dead in Europe, a total of 14,246. Most of those buried here lost their lives during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of World War I. The immense array of headstones rises in long regular rows upward beyond a wide central pool to the chapel that crowns the ridge. A beautiful bronze screen separates the chapel foyer from the interior, which is decorated with stained-glass windows portraying American unit insignia; behind the altar are flags of the principal Allied nations.



    On either side of the chapel are memorial loggias. One panel of the west loggia contains a map of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Inscribed on the remaining panels of both loggias are Tablets of the Missing with 954 names, including those from the U.S. expedition to northern Russia in 1918-1919. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified.

    The cemetery is open daily to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except December 25 and January 1. It is open on host country holidays. When the cemetery is open to the public, a staff member is on duty in the visitor building to answer questions and escort relatives to grave and memorial sites.
     
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