Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial

Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France

The Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial is a 52.8 ha World War I cemetery in France. The cemetery contains the largest number of American military dead in Europe (14,246), most of whom lost their lives during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and were buried there. The cemetery consists of eight sections behind a large central reflection pool. Beyond the grave sections is a chapel which is decorated with stained glass windows depicting American units' insignias. Along the walls of the chapel area are the tablets of the missing which include the names of those soldiers who fought in the region and in northern Russia, but have no known grave. It also includes the Montfaucon American Monument.

This cemetery is maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission. It is open daily to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cemetery is closed January 1 and December 25, but is open on all other holidays.

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Founded: 1918
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in France

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www.abmc.gov
en.wikipedia.org

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pwbuckeye7 (2 years ago)
I visited here with my tour guide not realizing that this is the largest American cemetery in Europe. While this site probably sees a fraction of the visitors compared to the Omaha Beach cemetery, it is no less powerful and moving. This site houses roughly 14,000 soldiers, compared with 9,000 at Omaha. The grounds are kept in impeccable shape. Walking among the crosses I was overcome with emotion looking at the sheer number and space filled with the fallen. Being located seemingly out of nowhere in the middle of the forest and farm land, it really helps bring into perspective what kind of geography the US soldiers were fighting and dying in during 1918. While most Americans tend to overlook our involvement in the Great War due to what happened afterward, I personally am glad I had the chance to visit this site and honor the fallen. It has inspired me to learn more about these young men who served from 1917-1918.
Boer Barrie (2 years ago)
Almost 15000 heroes are here, Very friendly personal in the visitor building U should really visit this if u get the chance
RETEUX Didier (2 years ago)
I don't know another country in the world, able to pay such a tribute to the Fallen Soldiers, able to pay such a price in the name of Liberty. As a retired officer, I do remain also pride to have served, both in former Yugoslavia and in Afghanistan, along with US military forces. Nothing compares to their constant bravery and blatant dedication. They do ever deserve our utmost respect.
Tim Pledger (4 years ago)
Tremendous place to remember Americas fallen.
Ms. Anderson (5 years ago)
What a beautiful but somber cemetery to remember our war dead.
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