Before leaving the capital city area we stopped at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial . Here lie 5,076 American soldiers, most of whom died in the Battle of the Bulge. The grounds of this cemetery were beautiful and well-kept. The graves are laid out in a gently curving pattern in a quiet and reverent setting.
Part of the memorial included displays of the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. This enabled Kyle to show Allen and Kyra the movement of armies in Europe, including areas where we have been.
General George Patton is buried in this cemetery. His grave is set apart from the others but his grave stone is no bigger nor more grand than a private's grave marker.
Towards the entrance of the cemetery is a small but tall stone chapel. On its side is an inscription which reads:
IN PROUD REMEMBRANCE OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS
OF HER SONS AND IN HUMBLE TRIBUTE TO THEIR SACRIFICES
THIS MEMORIAL HAS BEEN ERECTED BY
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Neither Allen nor Kyra has studied World War II in school yet, but they are already learning about what happened as they walk the ground were battles have been fought. By the time they study it, either here or in the US, they will have a better feel for the places involved and the sacrifices made.