Photos by Arno Lasoe
The World War II Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial is
located near the southeast edge of Neupre (Neuville-en-Condroz),
Belgium, twelve miles southwest of Liege. The main highway to
Marche passes the cemetery entrance. The approach drive leads
to the memorial, a rectangular structure bearing on its facade a
massive American eagle and other symbolic sculptures. Within
are the chapel, three large wall maps composed of inlaid marble,
marble panels depicting combat and supply activities and other
ornamental features. Along the outside of the memorial,
inscribed on granite slabs, are the names of 462 American
Missing who gave their lives in the service of their country,
but whose remains were never recovered or identified. The
cemetery, ninety acres in extent, contains the graves of 5,328
American military Dead, many of whom died in the "Battle of the
Bulge." Their headstones are aligned in straight rows that
compose the form of a huge Greek cross on the lawn and are
framed by tree masses. The cemetery served as the location of
the Central Identification Point for the American Graves
Registration Service of the War Department during much of the
life of the Service.
The facade on the far (north) end, which overlooks the
burial area bears the insignia in mosaic of the major United
States units which operated in Northwest Europe in World War II.
Stavelot , Belgium
Crossing the Stavelot bridge toward the
south and then moving up hill I found another monument for several US servicemen
killed defending Stavelot on 18 december 1944.
next to famous Stavelot bridge and two plaques found on the bridge.
Monuments found in
the center of Stavelot
After the Malmedy massacre at the
Baugnez crossroad several GI's were shot by the Germans in the Belgium
village of Ligneuville.