Epinal American Cemetery
This World War II cemetery in France contains the graves of more than 5,250 war dead and nearly 425 names on the Walls of the Missing.
NARRATOR: Epinal American Cemetery lies 230 miles southeast of Paris, in the shadow of the Vosges Mountains. The majority of the nearly 5,300 Americans buried here lost their lives in the Rhone Valley and in fighting across central France. A Court of Honor provides entrance to the cemetery. On its limestone facade is a relief carving depicting the Survival of the Spirit. The names of the missing in action are remembered on walls surrounding the memorial building. Inside is a small, devotional chapel. A map room has a large colored-glass mosaic that depicts troop movements and military engagements in the European Theater during World War II. This angel with a laurel branch symbolizes the final victory. Four Medal of Honor recipients are buried in this field of honor. There are also members of the highly-decorated 442nd Infantry Regiment, comprised of Japanese-Americans. An inscription reads, “This is their memorial, the whole earth is their sepulcher.”