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Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial

Hamm Cemetery © American Battle Monuments Commission
Hamm Cemetery © American Battle Monuments Commission

In a silent forest clearing near the village of Hamm lie the graves of more than 5,000 American soldiers killed during World War II, when it was a battleground on the Western Front. There is a striking memorial, maps detailing Allied progress through Europe and lists commemorating those who went missing during the war and were never found. The cemetery has become a pilgrimage, its lines of white crosses a sobering and moving sight. Unlike many, the Luxembourg American Cemetery closes each day at 5pm. Not far away at the village of Sandwieler, a German cemetery of some 10,000 soldiers gives more of a sense of the horror and futility of war.