This week we celebrated Veterans Day, in honor of all veterans who have served in the US Armed Forces, in war or peace, dead or alive. The official day is November 11, the anniversary of the official end of World War I.
Overseas celebrations triggered a fond memory of my visit to the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial near Carthage, just outside of Tunis. The experience was one I will never forget. What an incredible feeling.
This site is just one of a number of American war memorials on foreign soil. Some large, some small, following are World War I and World War II cemeteries and memorials worth adding to your visit to Europe - great for history buffs and a wonderful way to pay respect to our service members.
Flanders Field, located in Waregem, and Audenarde, both just south of Ghent, are dedicated to WWI. The latter has over 40,000 graves. Two sites dedicated to WWII include Ardennes, the final resting place for many who died in the Battle of the Bulge, and Henri-Chapelle, a 57 acre in Liege, with almost 8000 service members who died during the advance into Germany.
France has the largest number of cemeteries and memorials in Europe.
Cemeteries dedicated to World War I include Aisne-Marne, Brittany, Epinal, Lafayette Escadrille, Meuse-Argonne, Oisne, Somme, St. Mihiel, and Suresnes. Lorraine, Normandy, Rhone and Suresnes are all dedicated to WWII (Suresnes has both WWI and WWII).
The majority of these cemeteries (and unmentioned memorials) are found in northern France, a few east of Paris and of course in the Normandy region.
Located 8 miles south of Florence, this American cemetery has service members who died following the capture of Rome in 1944. Nettuno, outside of Rome, is n 77 acres and contains the graves of over 7500 service members who died liberating Sicily.
The Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial is in Luxembourg City. Sitting on 50 acres, the site has remains of over 5000 service members who died in the Battle of the Bulge.
The WWII Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial is located in the most southern part of the country in Margraten (near Maastricht) and is the only American cemetery in the Netherlands. Members of the local community have adopted the grave sites and bring flowers to the cemetery.
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