A Memorial Day to Remember | Luxembourg American Battle Cemetary
Updated: May 30, 2020
Luxembourg American Cemetry is the only American Cemetery in Luxembourg. General George S Patton Jr. is buried here just below the terrace wall, about halfway between the flagpoles.
5,076 war dead of the United States of America from World War II rest here. Most of them died in the fighting north of the city and eastward to the Rhine during the winter of 1944 and the spring of 1945, as well as in the air operations over three regions. Additionally, the names of 371 Americans whose remains were never recovered or not identified are inscribed on the two stone pylons below the chapel on the paved terrace.
"All who shall hereafter live in freedom will be here reminded that to these men and their comrades we owe a debt to be paid with grateful remembrance of their sacrifice and with the high resolve that the cause for which they died shall live eternally” - President Dwight D. Eisenhower:
Two-star mark the names of those who were subsequently found. 101 headstones mark the graves of "unknowns". The construction and care of this 50.5-acre cemetery and memorial are the responsibility of the American Battle Monuments Commission, an agency of the United States government. The use of this and was granted, in perpetuity, by the people of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
After World War I, the American Battle Monuments Commission erected a memorial chapel in each of the eight American military cemeteries in Europe, as well as eleven battle monuments. At the end of World War II, fourteen additional military cemeteries were established overseas. Each contains a memorial with a record in permanent graphic form of the achievements of the U.S. Armed Forces in that region.
The graves in these World War I and World War II cemeteries number approximately 39 percent of those originally buried. The remains of the other 61 percent were returned home at the request of the next of kin. A white marble headstone marks each grave, a star od David for those of the Jewish faith, and a Latin cross for others. At each of the memorials are inscribed the names of the missing who gave their lives in that region. The American Battle Monuments Commission also operates two cemeteries in Latin America, the final resting place of Americans killed in the War of 1847 and those who contributed to the construction and operation of the Panama Canel. The AmericanSuperintendent manages each cemetery. English-speaking personnel is available during the hours of operation.