American Battle Monuments Commission honors members of Armed Forces

American Armed Forces members honored at American Battle Monuments Commission locations
Oklahoman Published: May 27, 2012


American Battle Monuments Commission

The American Battle Monuments Commission was established by Congress in 1923 at the request of Gen. John J. Pershing, who believed the service, achievements and sacrifices of those in the Armed Forces should be honored where they served.

The ABMC oversees the maintenance of 24 overseas military cemeteries and 25 memorials, monuments and markers.

Nearly all the cemeteries and memorials specifically honor those who served in World War I or World War II.

The locations memorialize the sacrifice of more than 218,000 U.S. servicemen and women. Nearly 125,000 American war dead are buried at ABMC cemeteries, with an additional 94,000 individuals commemorated on Tablets of the Missing.

The ABMC website says its commemorative mission includes:

“Designing, constructing, operating and maintaining permanent American cemeteries in foreign countries.

“Establishing and maintaining U.S. military memorials, monuments and markers where American armed forces have served overseas since April 6, 1917, and within the United States when directed by public law.

“Controlling the design and construction of permanent U.S. military monuments and markers by other U.S. citizens and organizations, both public and private, and encouraging their maintenance.”

by Don Gammill
General Assignment Editor and Columnist
Don Gammill is general assignment editor and columnist. A native of Ponca City, he graduated from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). While in college, he was a sports stringer for The Oklahoma City Times....
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