Saturday, May 19, 2012

Luxembourg-American Cemetery and Memorial at Hamm

The Luxembourg-American Cemetery is just outside the historic downtown area of Luxembourg City. Several events take place at the cemetary throughout the year.

2nd week of March - a small local band plays
Saturday before Memorial Day - May 26, 2012 - 2:00 - Memorial Day Ceremony
June 6 - the start of D-Day - many French citizens visit the cemetary to remember the dead
November 1 - All Souls Day - Locals visit the cemetary and lay down wreaths
November 11 - Veteren's Day Ceremony


Luxembourg was at the center of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. General George S Patton Jr, the hero of the Battle of the Bulge is buried here.

Sadly there are many rows of graves.

What I didn't realize before visiting the cemetery is that the graves of battle heros of Jewish faith are marked with the Star of David. All the other graves are marked with a cross.

2 comments:

  1. We haven't been to this one but to several others in France and England. I was told that the crosses all face in The direction of the US. My kids go once a year with their scouting troops to clean the grave markers at the Madingley cemetery near Cambridge. We feel it is a great honor to keep the markers clean!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I noticed they were all facing the same way, but didn't realize the significance. Thanks for letting me know and what a great thing for your kids.

      Delete

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...