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Governmental Organization

American Battle Monuments Commission

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Purpose and Activities

Guardian of America’s overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials commemorating the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces.


Established in 1923; The ABMC was established by the United States Congress in 1923. The United States Department of War established eight European burial grounds for World War I. The ABMC's first program was landscaping and erecting non-sectarian chapels at each of the eight sites, constructing 11 separate monuments and two tablets at other sites in Europe, and constructing the Allied Expeditionary Forces World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order transferring control of the eight cemeteries to the ABMC, and made the commission responsible for the design, construction, maintenance and operation of all future permanent American military burial grounds outside the United States. The ABMC has been the caretaker of cemeteries, monuments and memorials for World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Mexican–American War. In 2013, Clark Veterans Cemetery in the Philippines became the 25th site under the control of the commission.


American Battle Monuments Commission

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Courthouse Plaza II, Ste. 500, 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA United States 22201

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