Once again I didn’t have time to put together an art piece honoring those who died so we might live. I didn’t even get time to come up with an idea. In its place I found this video tribute, produced by the American Battle Monuments Commission. The Commission maintains the graves of many US soldiers around the world who died in combat or are MIA and presumed dead. From their website:
Established by Congress in 1923, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) commemorates the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces. ABMC manages 24 overseas military cemeteries, and 25 memorials, monuments, and markers. Nearly all the cemeteries and memorials specifically honor those who served in World War I or World War II.
The sacrifice of more than 218,000 U.S. servicemen and women is memorialized at these locations. Nearly 125,000 American war dead are buried at ABMC cemeteries, with an additional 94,000 individuals commemorated on Tablets of the Missing.
This video, clocking in at around 16 minutes, pays tribute to some of those fallen heroes, with pictures provided by their families. It’s a good tribute to those who died in World War 2, but also take time to remember those of other wars, past AND present.
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- ‘The Meaning of Memorial Day’ – Free Happy Memorial Day eBook (richardbaris.wordpress.com)
- Honoring veterans as monuments decay, funds dry up (timesleader.com)
- Photos: Memorial Day ceremony at American Cemetery in France (stripes.com)