This World War I cemetery in France contains the graves of nearly 2,300 war dead, and more than 1,000 names on the Walls of the Missing, most of whom fought in the vicinity and in the Marne Valley in the summer of 1918.
NARRATOR: Aisne-Marne American Cemetery is located about 50 miles northeast of Paris near the French village of Belleau. In this beautiful landscape, nearly 2,300 Americans came to their final rest. The cemetery sits at the foot of the hill on which stands Belleau Wood - where many brave marines buried here lost their lives in desperate fighting. The cemetery chapel is an example of French Romanesque architecture. It was erected over front line trenches dug by the American 2nd Division. A shell hole from a German tank in World War II can be seen near the chapel entrance. Inside is an altar made of carved Italian marble. Carved on the walls are the names of the missing. A stained glass window depicts the symbols of the Allied nations in World War I. Across from the cemetery entrance is the Belleau Wood chapel, destroyed in the fighting and later rebuilt by the U.S. 26th Division. Nearby is the Marine Monument at Belleau Wood. Vestiges of shell holes, trenches and weapons can still be seen on this battle site.