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Luxembourg American Cemetery WWII

Cemetry
50, Val du Scheid, 2517 Luxembourg

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Posted on: Sat Jan 2015

‘The Luxembourg American cemetery consists of 17 acres of manicured lawn surrounded by 33.5 acres of woods. Entering through the gates, the visitor will see the impressive memorial chapel encompassed by a stone terrace directly in front of them. The chapel includes massive bronze doors embellished with gold leaf cartouches depicting military “virtues”, a sparkling mosaic ceiling and a colorful stained glass window showcasing the Army insignias representing the men and woman that rest in the cemetery. On the lower level of the terrace, two pylons face each other across a quote by Eisenhower about the sacrifice of military members. The pylons display the battle movements in the western European Operations (on the right) and those related to the Battle of the Bulge (on the left). On the reverse of the maps, 371 names of those missing in action are inscribed. 12 bronze rosettes identify men who have been recovered since the inscriptions were made and now rest in known graves. The visitor center, where information and brochures are attainable, is to the left as the visitor enters the front gates.

Sloping away from the terrace is the cemetery where 5076 service members lie, many of whom lost their lives in the Battle of the Bulge and in the advance to the Rhine River. The design is a softly curving fan shape consisting of nine sections interspersed with four fountains, majestic trees, and expansive rose and rhododendron beds. It is a befittingly tranquil final resting place for these Americans who gave their all.

The Luxembourg American cemetery was established on December 29, 1944 by the 609th Quartermaster Company of the U.S. Third Army while Allied Forces were stemming the enemy’s desperate Ardennes Offensive, one of the critical battles of World War II. The city of Luxembourg served as headquarters for Gen. George S. Patton’s U.S. Third Army. Gen. Patton is buried here.The cemetery was established on December 29, 1944 by the 609th Quartermaster Company of the U.S. Third Army while Allied Forces were stemming the enemy’s desperate Ardennes Offensive, one of the critical battles of World War II.’

source: www.abmc.gov

Directions

Luxembourg American Cemetery is located near the town of Hamm, three miles east of Luxembourg City center.
Travel via Car
The cemetery is reached via E25/E44 highways, exit #7 following the “cimetières militaires” (Military Cemeteries) signs.
Travel via Airplane
Luxembourg airport is approximately three miles northeast of the cemetery. Taxis are available from the airport.
Travel via Public Transportation
The nearest city bus stop (Bus #15) is the second stop past the Hamm church, approximately a ¾-mile walk from the cemetery; the path is well marked with signs.

Aerial View of the cemetery

Venue details

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opening hours
  • daily 9am to 5pm except Dec 25th and Jan 1st.

contact +352 43 17 27

location Hamm (closer to the airport)

website www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials

additional When the cemetry is open, a staff member is on duty in the visitor building.

references wort.lu General Pattons grave and how Lux nearly lost it
wikipedia, General Patton http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_S._Patton

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Did you know?'General Patton is buried at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery, and is the highest ranking and most famous soldier buried overseas.Patton died on December 21, 1945 a day before he was due to retire from complications following a car accident. It was his wife Beatrice who chose Luxembourg, which Patton helped to liberate, as his final resting place.About 80.000 people visit the cemetry each year.'

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