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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