ABMC Begins Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the American Entry into World War I
The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), originally created to construct memorials to the Great War in Europe, eventually evolved to be the caretaker of America’s overseas military cemeteries from World War I and World War II. Now, 100 years later, the hallowed grounds of ABMC cemeteries serve as world-wide examples of the reverence and respect given to Americans who served and died as a member of the Armed Forces. During the course of the American WWI Centennial new exhibits, events, and resources will be made available by ABMC to commemorate this piece of our American history, including:
- A New, Joint Exhibit with Arlington National Cemetery
- A Renovated Visitor Center at Flanders Field American Cemetery
- A New Film about Flanders Field American Cemetery
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Congress declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, formally bringing the United States into World War I. With more than four million Americans in military service during the war, and more than 115,000 who lost their lives, the effects of the Great War cannot be understated. Americans viewed this experience of war and loss as very personal, and expected the government to commemorate and honor the war dead. World War I laid the foundation for the creation of the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)—a defining decision by the American government regarding how we, as a nation, honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Established by Congress in 1923, the American Battle Monuments Commission commemorates the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces. ABMC administers 26 overseas military cemeteries, and 27 memorials, monuments, and markers.