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War and RemembranceThe Story of the American Battle Monuments Commission$
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Thomas H. Conner

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813176314

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813176314.001.0001

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The New Commission Goes to Work, 1923–1938

The New Commission Goes to Work, 1923–1938

Organizing and Implementing the Nation’s Overseas Commemorative Program

(p.52) 2 The New Commission Goes to Work, 1923–1938
War and Remembrance

Thomas H. Conner

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter gives an overview of the ABMC’s first fifteen years as an official independent federal agency. Adding to the work of the Graves Registration Service and the National Commission of Fine Arts, it beautified the eight European cemeteries, added eleven monuments and two commemorative plaques, formulated polices to regulate against the proliferation of private and non-federal American war memorials in Europe, and built relationships with other federal agencies. As a new agency, the ABMC’s primary job was to begin notifying the public of its existence, and one way of accomplishing that was by securing a permanent office in Europe, which opened in 1924 in Paris. This new base in Europe allowed the ABMC to establish a firmer foothold across the Atlantic and a means to further monitor the work that was being accomplished there.

Keywords:   ABMC, National Commission of Fine Arts, Charles Moore, Xenophon H. Price, Thomas North, Europe, federal agency, unregulated proliferation

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