Luxembourg American Cemetery, Luxembourg

On my last day of my trip in December, I stopped in Luxembourg. The weather was bad, at least for taking the photos I wanted to take. It just stopped raining, clouds in the sky, and a little bit of mist over the gravesite. It’s not the first time I’ve come here, but it was the first time with such weather.

According to the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), the cemetery was established in late December 1944. 5,076 servicemember lie here.

The most famous grave is the one of General Patton. He died in a car accident and was buried in Luxembourg. It appears that his grave is facing the others. Actually, it is in the back of the big grave field. In 1945, the cemetery consisted of 30 plots. After two-thirds were repatriated to the US, the cemetery shrunk to 9 plots, and Patton was moved to a different location. Two years later, they moved him temporarily. Patton’s wife found out and asked the commission to let him stay or repatriate him to the States. Even the Duchess of Luxembourg was involved. The US Government then heard of it as well and gave in. So, the temporary spot became General Patton’s final resting place.

I found out about this because I was always wondering why General Patton’s grave is neither in the middle of the gravesite nor in line with the chapel.

Anyways, it’s a beautiful place to visit.

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The memorial chapel
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Two pylons show maps with battle movements and names of the missing
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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 the high resolve that the cause for which they died shall live eternally – Dwight D. Eisenhower
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A general in front of his men, unintentionally – General Patton didn’t die here, but Luxembourg served as HQ for his Third Army
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Mist was hovering over the cemetery
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With all the US military units in Europe, Americans don’t need to travel far to visit this site
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Graves and memorial chapel

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