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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 ABMC Story Goes On, 1960–Present

The ABMC Story Goes On, 1960–Present

(p.222) Conclusion The ABMC Story Goes On, 1960–Present
War and Remembrance

Thomas H. Conner

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter looks at the work the ABMC has been doing since World War II ended. The chairmanships of Generals Jacob Devers and Mark Clark are explored in some detail. Maintenance of the memorials is a mission of remembrance that the ABMC is strongly upholding. Some additional sites have been created since 1960, and “interpretive centers” continue to be added to the World War I and II memorials. Presidential visits to some of the cemeteries since the Carter years have expanded public awareness of these places of memory. The commission directed the construction of the WWII Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., that was dedicated in 2004. This chapter concludes with an assessment of the enduring importance of the work of the ABMC. The WWI veterans have all passed away, and WWII veterans are becoming fewer. The ABMC’s efforts to maintain the beautiful memorials, monuments, and cemeteries keep the many stories, examples learned, and sacrifices continually fresh in the public mind.

Keywords:   ABMC, Maintenance, Memorials, Monuments, Restoration, Reagan in Normandy, “Saving Private Ryan”, Veterans, WWI, WWII

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