At Hamm, the American braves RIP!

So let me tell you about a spot that I visited on my road warrior way to see the whole of Luxembourg. I have heard about it but on this trip decided to stop by ,just to pay my respects. I will tell you a bit about the American Cemetery of Hamm, just a district of Luxembourg city.

This is an area I have passed by and always left out, so now took the family in and it was great, glad it was done.  By taking the A3 into Luxembourg and then going around the beltway on the A1 ,and get off at N2 you come into signs on Reimech that also tell you of the cemetery. The actual town on which the cemetery is call Hamm.

First, a bit of history that I like.  Hamm is one of the 24 districts of Luxembourg-city. It was a town of the canton of Luxembourg from December 20, 1873, when it was separated from the town of Sandweiler, to March 26, 1920 when it was integrated into the city of Luxembourg with Hollerich and Rollingergrund The origin of Hamm dates back to the monastery Sainte Catherine founded in the 14C, around which a village developed.

The area is served by Cents-Hamm train station. More info here:  https://www.cfl.lu/en-gb/network/station/gare-de-cents-hamm

In addition, a bus connection guarantees access to the city center with bus 15. Also, bus lines 25 and 29 serves Hamm. More info here: https://www.vdl.lu/fr/se-deplacer/en-bus/horaires-et-depart-en-temps-reel/lignes/2-8

The city of Luxembourg on the district of Hamm in English: https://www.vdl.lu/en/city/glance/luxembourg-citys-24-districts/hamm

Since 1944 the district has been home to the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, a cemetery of American soldiers who fought in WWII and the Battle of the Bulge, including General Patton. This cemetery has 5,076 graves of American soldiers who fell during the Battle of the Bulge during the winter of 1944-1945. General George S. Patton , who died after the war in a car accident, also rests there. The commander of the 3rd US division had expressly expressed the wish to be buried near his men. Next to the chapel, the names, ranks and units of 371 missing American soldiers are inscribed on two rectangular pylons.

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The entrance is nice and has a wrough iron arch door, with a welcoming house on the left. As you go in, sheer adreline pumps up with so many beautiful crosses. The stone plaque on the floor tells of the debt of gratitude we owe these men. There is a tower with a female angel, and the inscription “Here is enshrined the memory of valor and sacrifice”. There are huge stone walls depicting the battle movement and on the back the names of the fallen. Inside the tower, there is a nice chapel with flanks US flags and the inscription ” I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish”.

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IT should be more than a tourist trip, very educational and moving place which all should see. Hamm remember them.

The American Battle Monument Association keeps it clean managed the cemetery. More info in their webpage here: https://www.abmc.gov/Luxembourg

The Luxembourg tourist board on the cemetery memorial at Hamm here: https://www.visitluxembourg.com/en/place/misc/american-military-cemetery-luxembourg-hamm

And for the most famous name buried there , General George Patton, US 3rd army , thank you Sir. More info from official webpage here: http://www.pattonhq.com/funeral.html

And now I feel better to show this post in my blog, well deserve by all freedom loving persons in the world. Hamm is special indeed and glad I was there. Hope you enjoy the post.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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2 Comments to “At Hamm, the American braves RIP!”

  1. A short distance away there is also the German cemetery of Sandweiler.

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