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ARDENNES AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL
The World War II Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
is located near the southeast edge of Neupre (Neuville-en-Condroz),
Belgium, twelve miles southwest of Liege. The main highway to Marche passes the
cemetery entrance. Liege can be reached by express train from Paris (Gare du Nord)
in about five and a half hours; from Brussels and from Germany via Aachen. Taxicabs
and limited bus service to Neupre are available from Liege. There are several hotels
in the city.
The approach drive leads to the memorial, a rectangular
structure bearing on its facade a massive American eagle and other symbolic
sculptures. Within are the chapel, three large wall maps composed of inlaid marble,
marble panels depicting combat and supply activities and other ornamental features.
Along the outside of the memorial, inscribed on granite slabs, are the names of 462
American Missing who gave their lives in the service of their country, but whose remains
were never recovered or identified. The cemetery, ninety acres in extent, contains
the graves of 5,329 American military Dead, many of whom died in the
"Battle of the Bulge." Their headstones are aligned in straight rows that
compose the form of a huge Greek cross on the lawn and are framed by tree masses. The
cemetery served as the location of the Central Identification Point for the American
Graves Registration Service of the War Department during much of the life of the Service.The facade on the far (north) end, which overlooks the
burial area bears the insignia in mosaic of the major United States units which operated
in Northwest Europe in World War II.
|Memorial from the Graves Area
The cemetery is open daily to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm except December 25 and
January 1. It is open on host country
holidays. When the cemetery is open to the
public, a staff member is on duty in the Visitors Building to answer questions and
escort relatives to grave and memorial sites.
For More Information
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