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May 29, 2012

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Lt.Col John McCrae

 

 

Other battles have been fought near the Battle of YpresLord Macauley wrote of the Battle of Laden:

 ”The next summer the soil, fertilised by twenty thousand corpses, broke forth into millions of poppies. The traveller who, on the road from Saint Tron to Tirlemont, saw that vast sheet of rich scarlet spreading from Landen to Neerwinden, could hardly help fancying that the figurative prediction of the Hebrew prophet was literally accomplished, that the earth was disclosing her blood, and refusing to cover the slain.”

 

 

 

 

 

The Below Pictures were borrowed from this website: http://www.battlestory.org/index.php?p=1_67_USA-CEMETERIES-IN-EUROPE 

America played a vital role in each of Europe’s great wars of the twentieth century.   We fought because it was the right thing to do, not for reward.

I am unaware of a state ever sacrificing so much blood and asking for only enough land to bury their dead.  They have all done their duty.  Ours is much simpler.   

We Will Never Forget

  

AISNE-MARNE AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

  

Aisne-Marne, France. “The 42.5-acre Aisne-Marne Cemetery and Memorial in France, its headstones lying in a sweeping curve, sits at the foot of the hill where stands Belleau Wood. The cemetery contains the graves of 2,289 war dead, most of whom fought in the vicinity and in the Marne valley in the summer of 1918.”

ARDENNES AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

  

Ardennes, Belgium. “The 90-acre cemetery contains the graves of 5,329 of our military dead, many of whom died in the 1944 Ardennes winter offensive (Battle of the Bulge). The headstones are aligned in straight rows that form a Greek cross on the lawns and are framed by tree masses.”

BRITTANY AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

  

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Brittany, France. “The Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial in France covers 28 acres of rolling farm country near the eastern edge of Brittany and contains the remains of 4,410 of our war dead, most of whom lost their lives in the Normandy and Brittany campaigns of 1944.

BROOKWOOD AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

   

Brookwood, England American Cemetery. 468 American dead. “Close by are military cemeteries and monuments of the British Commonwealth and other allied nations.”

  

 CAMBRIDGE AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

  

Cambridge, England. “The Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial site in England, 30.5 acres in total, was donated by the University of Cambridge. It lies on a slope with the west and south sides framed by woodland. The cemetery contains the remains of 3,812 of our military dead; 5,127 names are recorded on the Tablets of the Missing. Most died in the Battle of the Atlantic or in the strategic air bombardment of northwest Europe.”

EPINAL AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

  

Epinal, France. “The Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial in France, 48.6 acres in extent, is sited on a plateau 100 feet above the Moselle River in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains. It contains the graves of 5,255 of our military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the campaigns across northeastern France to the Rhine and beyond into Germany.

  

FLANDERS FIELD AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

  

Flanders Field, Belgium. “The Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial in Belgium occupies a 6.2-acre site. Masses of graceful trees and shrubbery frame the burial area and screen it from passing traffic. At the ends of the paths leading to three of the corners of the cemetery are circular retreats, with benches and urns. At this peaceful site rest 368 of our military dead, most of whom gave their lives in liberating the soil of Belgium in World War I.”

  

FLORENCE AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

  

Florence, Italy. “The Florence American Cemetery and Memorial site in Italy covers 70 acres, chiefly on the west side of the Greve “torrente.” The wooded hills that frame its west limit rise several hundred feet. Between the two entrance buildings, a bridge leads to the burial area where the headstones of 4,402 of our military dead are arrayed in symmetrical curved rows upon the hillside.

  

HENRI-CHAPELLE AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

  

Henri-Chapelle, Belgium. “At the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial in Belgium, covering 57 acres, rest 7,992 of our military dead, most of whom lost their lives during the advance of the U.S. armed forces into Germany. Their headstones are arranged in gentle arcs sweeping across a broad green lawn that slopes gently downhill. A highway passes through the reservation. West of the highway an overlook affords an excellent view of the rolling Belgian countryside, once a battlefield.

  

LORRAINE AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

  

Lorraine, France. “The Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in France covers 113.5 acres and contains the largest number of graves of our military dead of World War II in Europe, a total of 10,489.

  

LUXEMBOURG AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

  

Luxembourg, Luxembourg. “The Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, 50.5 acres in extent, is situated in a beautiful wooded area. The cemetery was established on December 29, 1944 by the 609th Quartermaster Company of the U.S. Third Army while Allied Forces were stemming the enemy’s desperate Ardennes Offensive, one of the critical battles of World War II. The city of Luxembourg served as headquarters for General George S. Patton’s U.S. Third Army. General Patton is buried here.

  

MEUSE-ARGONNE AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

  

Meuse-Argonne. “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.”

  

NETHERLANDS AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

  

Netherlands, Netherlands. “The World War II Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial is the only American military cemetery in the Netherlands. The cemetery site has a rich historical background, lying near the famous Cologne-Boulogne highway built by the Romans and used by Caesar during his campaign in that area. The highway was also used by Charlemagne, Charles V, Napoleon, and Kaiser Wilhelm II. In May 1940, Hitler’s legions advanced over the route of the old Roman highway, overwhelming the Low Countries. In September 1944, German troops once more used the highway for their withdrawal from the countries occupied for four years.

  

NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

  

Normandy, France. “The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France is located on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944 and the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II. The cemetery site, at the north end of its ½ mile access road, covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 of our military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations.”

  

OISE-AISNE AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

  

Oise-Aisne, France. “The Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial in France contains the remains of 6,012 American war dead, most of whom lost their lives while fighting in this vicinity in 1918 during the First World War.”

  

RHONE AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

  

Rhone, France. “The site of the Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial in France was selected because of its historic location along the route of the U.S. Seventh Army’s drive up the Rhone Valley. It was established on August 19, 1944 after the Seventh Army’s surprise landing in southern France.

  

SICILY-ROME AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

  

Sicily, Italy. “The World War II Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial site in Italy covers 77 acres, rising in a gentle slope from a broad pool with an island and cenotaph flanked by groups of Italian cypress trees. Beyond the pool is the immense field of headstones of 7,861 of American military war dead, arranged in gentle arcs on broad green lawns beneath rows of Roman pines.

SOMME AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

  

Somme, France. “The World War I Somme American Cemetery and Memorial in France is sited on a gentle slope typical of the open, rolling Picardy countryside. The 14.3-acre cemetery contains the graves of 1,844 of our military dead. Most lost their lives while serving in American units attached to British armies, or in operations near Cantigny.”

  

ST. MIHIEL AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

  

St. Mihiel, France. “The World War I St. Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial in France, 40.5 acres in extent, contains the graves of 4,153 of our military dead. The majority of these died in the offensive that resulted in the reduction of the St. Mihiel salient that threatened Paris.”

SURESNES AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

  

Suresnes, France. “Originally a World War I cemetery, the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial just outside Paris, France now shelters the remains of U.S. dead of both wars. The 7.5-acre cemetery contains the remains of 1,541 Americans who died in World War I and 24 Unknown dead of World War II. Bronze tablets on the walls of the chapel record the names of 974 World War I missing.”

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Well done.

    Comment by Jody — May 29, 2012 @ 8:41 am

  2. Thanks Jody. Grateful. I’m sure you know exactly what I mean I say how humbled I feel by what these great men and women have done for us. Sometimes nearly (cough) to tears.

    Comment by Obtuse Observer — May 29, 2012 @ 8:45 am

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