Luxembourg Remembers Americans for WWII Sacrifice

| 4/13/2015 9:07:00 AM

Marilyn JonesWalking among the Christian crosses and Jewish stars, I read the names and dates that tell the story of heroism and tragic loss. Here, at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery, 5,076 service members are laid to rest. Most lost their lives in the Battle of the Bulge waged during the last few months of World War II 70 years ago.


The cemetery – established in 1944 while Allied Forces were stemming the enemy’s Ardennes Offensive – honors those who fought in one of the most crucial battles of the war.

Luxembourg served as headquarters for Gen. George S. Patton’s U.S. Third Army . Although Gen. Patton died after the war, he is buried here in an area overlooking the graves of his men and one woman, a military nurse.

Patton  cemetery2

Other monuments and museums honoring American troops are also located throughout this tiny country.