Flanders Field American Cemetery
This World War I cemetery in Belgium includes the graves of nearly 370 war dead, and more than 40 names on the Walls of the Missing.
NARRATOR: 40 miles west of Brussels is Flanders Field American Cemetery. It is the only American World War I military cemetery in Belgium. It rests on a battlefield where the U.S. 91st Division suffered many casualties. Nearly 370 American war dead are buried here. This is the brother of the famous poet, Archibald MacLeash. Gardens provide a place for quiet contemplation. At the center of the cemetery is the Memorial building. Inside, a small chapel features an altar of Grand Antique marble. On the side walls, marble panels carry the names of the missing. Overhead, a ceiling mosaic depicts doves of peace flying toward a lighted lamp. Here one recalls the lines of the famous poem “Flanders Fields”: In Flanders field, the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly. Scarce heard amid the guns below.