The cemetery lies to the east of the village of Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, 40 kilometres north-west of Verdun. It contains the graves of 14,246 American soldiers, making it the largest of all the First World War American cemeteries. The names of 954 soldiers missing in action are engraved on the walls of the arcades flanking the chapel. The layout and architecture make a visit here essential for anybody seeking to understand what the Americans mean by a "Duty to Remember".
Opening of Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Visitor Center
This new interpretive center will explain to the visitors the role of the Americans and the critical importance of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive as it fits into the Great War with 3 main interpretive rooms:
- the entrance room in the original design from the 1920s.
Some of the items in the space will include a fireplace, armchairs, and a library area—replicating the historic look and feel. The original design of this room intentionally mimicked the look of a parlor in the attempt to create a welcoming space for grieving mothers, widows, and families.
- a campaign gallery and a commemorative gallery.
These galleries will include exhibits that show how a relatively inexperienced American Army fought against a seasoned enemy. Men from all walks of life—different races, ethnic groups, and socioeconomic status—fought as part of the American forces during the war. These soldiers saw and experienced new warfare technologies that had never before been unleashed on human beings. And despite these factors that seemed to work against American forces, extreme bravery and courage proved to be the sounding call of the offensive with more than 50 Medal of Honor recipients. The campaign gallery will include a battlefield experience film, showing some of the challenges and horrors men faced in World War I. While the commemorative gallery connotes reflection, giving the visitor the opportunity to take in the expanse of this cemetery, which is the largest in Europe issued from WWI, while learning about the individual's buried or memorialized there.
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