Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Belleau Wood American Cemetery In Eastern France

Belleau Wood American Cemetery In Eastern France
At Belleau Wood American Cemetery in eastern France are American soldiers from both World War I and World War II. "Over there....over there" the song by George Cohan reminds us that American soldiers went "Over there" to fight the Germans in World War I but this American Cemetery at the village of Belleau shows that many did not return home to America. I toured this cemetery with three other school teachers from Frankfurt American Elementary School #1 in Frankfurt, Germany in the spring of 1972.
Here is a beautiful war memorial monument at Belleau Wood American Cemetery.
And here is Gladys Madison who also taught first grade at my school. She is pointing to the gun shell hole in the monument that was caused by a later military battle right at the cemetery during World War II. Consequently there are American soldiers from World War II also buried at this cemetery. Belleau Wood is in the Champagne region of France.
So here's to all the American soldiers of both wars. And to learn more just Google the phrase "American cemeteries in France" to find out more about this cemetery as well as the ten other American cemeteries in France.

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