Today Sabine and I visited the American and German Cemeteries and Monuments to pay our respects to the American and German Soldiers who gave their lives in service to their countries.
The Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial is near Hamm which is a bit Northwest of Luxembourg City. The US Army 5th Armored Division liberated this site on 10 September 1944 and a temporary military burial ground was established on 29 December 1944. The Grand Ducal government of Luxembourg has provided this land to the US dead perpetually without charge or taxation.
This is the burial location of General George S. Patton and 5076 other American heroes including one female Army nurse. The cemetery is located on 50.5 acres and contains 4958 cross,118 Stars of David, and 101 unknown Soldiers. There are 22 sets of brothers buried side by side. The names of 371 Missing in Action are listed on the memorial. This cemetery was officially dedicated on 4 July 1960.
Luxembourg American Cemetery
50, Val du Scheid
Tel: +352 43.17.27
GPS N 49 36.771 E 6 11.157
The German Soldier Cemetery is a few kilometers from the American Cemetery in Sandweiler. The bodies of German Soldiers who were Killed in Action were recovered, cared for, and buried by the American Military Burial Service. A total of 10913 German Soldiers are buried here. 4829 are in a mass grave behind the cross of which 4014 are identified by name and 815 are unknown. Additionally there are 5599 individual graves which also include many unknown Soldiers. In 1952 an agreement was signed by the Grand Ducal of Luxembourg and Germany making this the first official German Soldier Cemetery built outside of Germany.