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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 Completion of the ABMC’s Original Mission and Looking toward an Uncertain Future, 1937–1938

The Completion of the ABMC’s Original Mission and Looking toward an Uncertain Future, 1937–1938

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(p.117) 4 The Completion of the ABMC’s Original Mission and Looking toward an Uncertain Future, 1937–1938
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War and Remembrance
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Thomas H. Conner

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813176314.003.0005

This chapter examines the future for the ABMC after the project the agency had been created to do—namely, build and dedicate the eight cemetery chapels and eleven monuments—was completed. Discussing in great detail the planning for the dedication of the memorials in 1937, the chapter points out how the difficulties of that process paled in comparison to the solemn and honorable significance of the project the ABMC had been given. The dedications featured impassioned pleas for peace at a time that war clouds were again appearing in Europe. Once the dedications were finished, the ABMC was able to confound speculation that its termination would follow. This chapter ends with General Pershing surviving a near fatal bout of illness, and the beginning of the next European war that found the newly created monuments in the middle of the coming terror.

Keywords:   ABMC, Chapels, European war, General Pershing, monuments

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