Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery
This World War I cemetery in France contains the graves of nearly 14,250 war dead, and nearly 1,000 names on the Walls of the Missing.
NARRATOR: About 150 northeast of Paris is Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery. It is the largest American military cemetery in Europe. Within these 130 acres are the remains of more than 14,200 American men and women who died in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. The cemetery sits on terrain captured by the 32nd Division. Buried here are 9 Medal of Honor recipients, a testament to the desperate nature of the fighting. One of them is Freddie Stowers, an African American soldier who received the award posthumously in 1991. Groups of French school children visit frequently to learn the lessons of history. A Romanesque style memorial sits atop a hill overlooking the graves. Inside is a large chapel. Behind the altar are flags of the principal Allied nations in World War I. Stained glass windows contain the insignias of the military divisions that fought here. Panels containing names of the missing are located along covered walkways outside the chapel. Looking out over this immense array of headstones, visitors can see the tremendous cost of freedom.