Suresnes American Cemetery
This World War I cemetery in France contains the graves of nearly 1,600 war dead and nearly 1,000 names on the Walls of the Missing.
NARRATOR: On the outskirts of Paris within view of the Eiffel Tower is Suresnes American Cemetery, a masterpiece of World War I commemorative architecture. More than 1,500 men and women are buried here, many of whom died from wounds or illness in the American military hospital in Paris. Two sisters who were nurses lay side by side. Both received the French Croix de Guerre for valor. Inside the memorial is a chapel with an altar and pillars of carved marble. A golden cross captures the sunlight. The mosaic depicts an angel of victory bearing a palm branch to the graves of the fallen. On the walls, brass plaques contain names of the missing. Attached to the chapel are open walkways leading to World War I and World War II Memorial rooms. Each room contains a pure-white marble statue, one signifying ‘remembrance,’ the other ‘memory.’ Within a separate plot are 24 World War II Unknowns. The cemetery is a symbol of the shared history of the French and American people.