American Cemetery and Memorial Lorraine is located near St. Avold in France and is the largest WW2 US cemetery. This is the last resting place of 10,489 soldiers. The cemetery really is breathtaking! When you enter it you see grave markers as far as you can see. Thinking about the number of men who rest here really takes your breath away. We were there on a rainy day and even then it was a wonderful visit.

The cemetery is only 28 miles (45 kilometres) from Metz (France) and only 17 miles (27 kilometres) from Saarbrücken (Germany).

I have always wondered if the people of France also honor the soldiers who liberated the country like the Dutch do. Ever since my visit there I keep wondering. But it sure is a beautiful place to visit and worth to detour your route to or from you holiday location.


The cemetery is open daily to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except December 25 and January 1. It is open on host country holidays. When the cemetery is open to the public, a staff member is on duty in the Visitor Building to answer questions and escort relatives to grave and memorial sites.



The Cemetery


The Cemetery on a rainy day


Eagle overlooking the cemetery

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