Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Honoring American Military Sacrifices

The American Battle Monuments Commission administers, operates and maintains 24 permanent American burial grounds in 10 different countries throughout Europe, North Africa, Latin America and the Philippines. The commission also maintains 25 breathtaking Federal memorials, monuments and markers. These are the most hallowed shrines of their nature in the world, sacred and serene landscapes and masterpieces of art and sculpture.

Established by Congress in 1923, the commission's objective is to commemorate the service, achievements and sacrifice of United States Armed Forces where they have served oversees since 1917 and within the United States when directed by public law. Although the commission honors the fallen, it also serves the living who visit to pay homage, reflect and be inspired. These grounds and memorials are priceless jewels of American history that present countless stories of devotion that enrich us by validating American heroism.

Presently there are 124,913 United States war dead interred at these cemeteries as follows:
  • 30,921 of World War I
  • 93,242 of World War II
  • 750 of the Mexican War
Additionally, 6,149 American veterans and others are interred in the Mexico City and Corozal Cemeteries.

On June 6, 2007, the dedication of the new Normandy American Visitor Center in France took place.

Sixty-three years after Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy to turn the tide of World War II in Europe, this center tells the story of the 9,387 Americans buried there and put the D-Day landings and follow-on battle in Europe in perspective as one of the greatest military achievements of all time.

The $30 million visitor center was dedicated and opened to the public on June 6, 2007 during the annual D-Day commemorations. The center is situated in a wooded area of the cemetery approximately 100 meters east of the Garden of the Missing. Normandy is the American Battle Monuments Commission's most visited cemetery, receiving approximately one million visitors each year.

Today, as in generations past, America is served by courageous patriots, many whom pay the ultimate sacrifice in order to preserve our liberty. The bravery, selflessness and commitment of the American military must remain immortalized, appreciated and honored.

Visit the American Battle Monuments Commission Site

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