News & Events–Over There: Luminary Event at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, 11 November, 2017


Epinal American Cemetery hosted a luminary event in December 2015



At 3:00pm CET On Saturday, 11 November, the American Battle Monuments Commission will be hosting a (partial) luminary event to mark the 99th anniversary of the end of World War 1.  As dusk falls at the cemetery, approximately 3,500 (or 25% of the) headstones will be lit with candles, creating a powerful image of light overpowering darkness.  Attendees will have the chance to walk through the cemetery and to learn the stories of fifteen Americans honored within the hallowed grounds.  All are invited to learn about the Great War and the American sacrifice, and to reflect on the enormity of the conflict that ended nearly 100 years ago.


If you are interested in helping to prepare the luminaries, please arrive at 2:00pm CET.


Also, the ABMC is looking for FIFTEEN English speakers to participate.  The goal is to have a French-speaker and English-speaker at the grave of each of the fifteen soldiers, whose stories will be told.  If you are interested in doing this, please email the Assistant Superintendent, James S. Bertleson, at [email protected].


The ABMC hopes to expand the program in November 2018 to mark the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I.