Luxembourg American Cemetery

This World War II cemetery in Luxembourg contains the graves of nearly 5,100 war dead, and more than 370 names on the Walls of the Missing, many of whom lost their lives in the Battle of the Bulge and in the advance to the Rhine River.

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NARRATOR: Just outside the capital city of Luxembourg is Luxembourg American Cemetery. A tall, wrought iron entrance gate bears gilded laurel wreaths, the ancient award for valor. Buried in these 50 acres are the remains of nearly 5,100 American servicemen and women. Some lost their lives at the Battle of the Bulge. Others died in operations to liberate the small country of Luxembourg. Private William McGee was killed trying to rescue an injured soldier in a minefield. Sergeant Day Turner killed 11 of the enemy in fierce hand-to-hand combat. The memorial has a stone-paved terrace with two pylons containing operations maps and names of the missing. On the tower of the memorial chapel is a 23-foot, red-granite carving of an angel of peace. Inside is a small devotional chapel, with an altar made of blue Belgian marble. A mosaic on the ceiling depicts a dove of peace surrounded by angels. Along the walkways are descending pools of water ornamented with bronze dolphins. Many visitors come to see the grave of General George S. Patton, buried here with his men shortly after World War II ended.