Constructed in 1930, the cemetery’s white limestone Chapel sits in the center the lush grass site surrounded by 368 plots. The white cross headstones mark the graves of American soldiers from the 91st, 37th, 27th, and 30th AEF Divisions who lost their lives in nearby battles. World War I resulted in the largest loss of life the world had experienced to date, and the cemetery and chapel reflect a cultural shift to memorialize the lives of each individual soldier following the war. Prominent French-born American architect and World War I veteran, Paul P. Cret designed the site’s chapel. The cemetery and chapel survived the ravages of another world war just a decade after its construction, remaining an enduring reminder of the relationship between the United States and Belgium and the sacrifices people of both nations made together on the battlefields.
Feb 28, 2019
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