Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Unique and Charming Details of the ABMC's Monuments and Cemeteries

Here's a selection of photos from my visits to the American Battle Monuments Commission monuments and cemeteries in Europe.  The seven cemeteries and 14 memorials overseas vary in size, but I learned after many visits that each of them have unique characteristics. These details reveal, I think, the, talent, dedication, and pride in their mission of the design team that General Pershing put together as the founding leader of the ABMC  Below are a representative sample of what I'm  talking about.  MH

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Fountain, Meuse-Argonne Cemetery

Dedication Blanc Mont Memorial

France and the United States Joining Hands,
Château-Thierry Memorial

Army Branch Friezes, Mont Sec Memorial

Peristyle and Altar of the Oise-Aisne Cemetery
and Memorial

Tribute to Lafayette
Lafayette Escadrille Memorial

Fighting Doughboys, Aisne-Marne (Belleau Wood)
Memorial Chapel

Sundial, St. Mihiel Cemetery

Miss Liberty Atop the Montfaucon Memorial

Entrance, Somme Cemetery

Ceiling, Flanders Fields Cemetery Memorial Chapel

Doughboy Door Handle, St. Mihiel Cemetery

Frieze, Bellicourt (Hindenburg Line) Memorial

Entrance Detail, Meuse-Argonne Cemetery
Memorial Chapel

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