Luxembourg Cemetery and Memorial

posted by Sharon November 15, 2018 21 Comments

Enter the gates of the Luxembourg American Cemetery and you are on rich green lawns surrounded by acres of woods. White crosses stand in memorial to the soldiers who gave their lives in World War II to defend this area of the world for freedom. The quiet here today is notable. You can stand among the graves, feeling the sun on your face and a light breeze, and it’s so peaceful. But it’s a place to remember when chaos reigned. Luxembourg American Cemetery

Luxembourg American CemeteryLuxembourg American CemeteryThe Germans launched their last major offensive of World War II on December 16, 1944, attacking the Allies along a front that stretched for 45 miles. Their goal was the port of Antwerp. The battle known commonly as the Battle of the Bulge, took place here in Luxembourg and in neighboring Belgium. Despite fierce fighting, the Germans were unable to break through Allied lines. The most well-known scenes of fighting involved the small town of Bastogne, where the 101st Airborne held strong against the Germans. The men hunkered in their foxholes in the severe winter of 1944 were at last reinforced and relieved when General George Patton raced his army there and arrived with his tanks.

Patton then made his headquarters in Luxembourg City. When he was killed in a road accident, his family requested that he be here among the men he served with in the army. Luxembourg American Cemetery

In all, 5075 Americans killed in the Battle of the Bulge and the push to the Rhine rest in the Luxembourg American Cemetery. One sad statistic is that 22 sets of brothers are here. Luxembourg American Cemetery

The cemetery’s website describes it beautifully: “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.” Luxembourg American Cemetery

Luxembourg American CemeteryLuxembourg American CemeteryA chapel featuring a stained-glass window showing Army insignias provides a sanctuary for those who want to pay tribute to the men and women buried here. Luxembourg American Cemetery

Luxembourg American CemeteryLuxembourg American CemeteryLuxembourg American Cemetery

Outside, two pylons display maps of the Ardennes and Rhineland campaigns of late 1944 and early 1945 on one side. On the other side, names of 371 missing soldiers are inscribed. A visitor center offers information and brochures. You can look up the location of a specific grave, too. Luxembourg American Cemetery

Luxembourg American CemeteryLuxembourg American CemeteryThe cemetery is open daily to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Luxembourg American CemeteryLuxembourg American Cemetery

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21 Comments

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Chris November 15, 2018 at 5:56 pm

We visited Luxembourg but did not get a chance to visit this cemetery – I really enjoyed the post, and the photographs!

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Tamar A Strauss-Benjamin November 16, 2018 at 12:26 pm

That is just beautiful and poignant.

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Tracy November 16, 2018 at 10:32 pm

Beautiful post – lest we forget.

We hope to visit the battlefields in France, Luxembourg and Belgium one day – I have a friend who travels there every few years to remember.

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Angie (FeetDoTravel) November 17, 2018 at 10:48 pm

Such a poignant post. The shaping of the graves in a curving fan shape is so beautifully worded on their website, thank you for sharing that. Is a hauntingly beautiful photo you captured. Lest We Forget. #feetdotravel

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Margaret Birding For Pleasure November 18, 2018 at 11:13 pm

Very moving site

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Bill November 19, 2018 at 7:23 am

I have only seen one American cemetery and that was at Brookwood in Surrey UK not a long way from where I live. Tere are others in the country I would like to visit sometime. I find it rather sad seeing all those graves of the lost and can’t help thinking itwas shuch a sad loss of life

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Taken For Granted November 19, 2018 at 9:30 am

Thank you for your excellent photos of this cemetery. My Dad fought in the Battle of the Bulge and thankfully survived. War is terrible, and a cemetery shows this so clearly.

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Fun60 November 19, 2018 at 12:07 pm

It is good that these war graves are well looked after and given the tributes they deserve.

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup November 19, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Over 5000 dead and 22 sets of brothers… chilling to think about.
Thank you for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/11/preparing-for-winter.html

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junieper November 19, 2018 at 5:25 pm

Luxembourg is tiny and delightful. Can imagine that Patton wanted to be there where his army was:)
22 brothers – that was a heavy loss for those families. I like that you sit among the crosses (instedd of stand) -giving the idea that you are among them. Thank you Sharon, a very strong side of your blog, that when you are abroad you look for historic events! Many thanks for being a part of All Seasons. A happy thanksgiving to you!

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Joyful November 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm

A poignant post with lots of beautiful photos. It is hard to imagine such loss and sorrow for those who lost loved ones ♥

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Heidrun November 19, 2018 at 11:27 pm

To visit such a cemetery is remembering. That’s important, that’s remarkable of you. Never again war!

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Aletha Oglesby, M.D. November 20, 2018 at 6:03 am

Amazing how so much beauty can come from a place once filled with pain and death. I didn’t know Patton is there. Thanks for sharing this treasure

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beatravelling November 22, 2018 at 11:08 pm

Seems like there is a few of them around. I did the one in Normandy, France. Looks a lot like this one 🙂 #farawayfiles

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Katy November 23, 2018 at 9:42 pm

We visited the Australian memorial in France a few years ago and this post made those memories flood back. It was a beautiful place but also the scene of such tragedy like the cemetery in Luxembourg. So important to remember the futility of war. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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Esther November 24, 2018 at 5:15 am

Very interesting! I didn’t make it to the cemetary when I visited Luxembourg, so thank you for taking me along now!
#WeekendWanderlust

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Emese November 24, 2018 at 9:14 am

What a moving post, Sharon. Thanks for sharing.

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Obligatory Traveler November 24, 2018 at 10:31 am

Thanks for sharing. I never knew this place existed. It was really nice to learn about it. Your pictures are lovely. #WeekendWanderlust

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Cynthia | Adventuring Woman November 25, 2018 at 10:43 am

This is so beautiful and so sad. Tears came into my eyes reading. Your photos really show the tranquility of the place and you’ve written a fitting tribute to the Americans buried there. This is something my dad would have loved to see. #feetdotravel

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Lisa | Handmade in Israel November 25, 2018 at 10:59 am

What an incredible place. The military cemetery in Jerusalem is very similar. So beautifully kept and serene. #WeekendWanderlust

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Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net) November 25, 2018 at 6:02 pm

I’ve always felt odd for loving the aesthetics of a cemetery, but it truly the Luxembourg American Cemetery truly is beautiful. I’m often afraid that, once our generation of post-war babies is gone, these places of honor will become infrequently visited landmarks. Hopefully, generations to come will remember…and never let it happen again. Thanks for sharing with us on #WeekendWanderlust!

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