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America War Graves

Updated on April 18, 2010

I remember once driving from Southern Spain to England with my family, we were in an old Fiat Tipo which stayed running against the odds, but managed to keep on trundling along.

At one point we entered France at Perpignan, and headed north expecting to stay around Limoges (where we get the title limousine) and get a fresh start the next day.

Unfortunately coming from Spain, where the country is open from 6am until 2am most days, we forgot that the French sleep early, so Limoges was closed in effect.

All the hotels were pre-booked by French businessmen,and the restaurants were shut at 10pm. which left McDonald's as our gastronomic experience of France for that trip.

Don't get me wrong, in previous sojourns into France I have enjoyed fine hotels and great food and wine, and anyone can do so, but be early for they sleep when we are just going out to eat.

So, in a fit of Anglophobe pique against our Gaulish neighbours, I decided to drive to Calaise right through the night and get back on English soil.

Some hours later found myself driving up the A1 towards Blighty in the dead of night, my son sleeping in the back seat, and we contentedly heading north.


Flanders Field, Belgium....A total of 368 men buried here.
Flanders Field, Belgium....A total of 368 men buried here.
Henri-Chapelle,Belgium....A total of 7992 men buried here.
Henri-Chapelle,Belgium....A total of 7992 men buried here.
Somme,France. A total of 1844 men buried here.
Somme,France. A total of 1844 men buried here.

Then you suddenly hit the war graves, and for many miles drive past these memorials to the dead from both World Wars, onward and onward, both sides of the route, avenues of death.

The sheer scale of the crosses on display bring one to a fuller understanding of how many men died in this pointless series of battles over what in the end was a fight to be buried on foreign soil in relative obscurity.

So this hub is dedicated to those who died in order that we could have our freedom, a freedom to be wrong, protected by laws that ensure that no matter how trivial our complaint, we will be heard and accounted for.


The American Cemetery at Ardennes,  Belgium.
The American Cemetery at Ardennes, Belgium.
The American Cemetery at Brittany, France.
The American Cemetery at Brittany, France.
Epinal, France American Cemetery. A total of 5,525 men are buried here.
Epinal, France American Cemetery. A total of 5,525 men are buried here.
In the trenches....
In the trenches....

I took the photos from an email replying to President Obama's apology for American 'arrogance' in foreign lands, it was an attempt to say that these graves earned America the right to stand proud in their achievements, and they do, for the American fighting man showed valour in all the arenas they fought in. Speaking as a Brit, I can see that the governmental stance may have been linked to the demise of the British Empire and the replacement by the American counterpart and successor.

Sicily, Italy. A total of 7861 men buried here.
Sicily, Italy. A total of 7861 men buried here.
Rhone,France. A total of 861 men buried here.
Rhone,France. A total of 861 men buried here.
Meuse-Argonne. A total of 14,246 men buried here
Meuse-Argonne. A total of 14,246 men buried here
Over the top....
Over the top....

Now before you say that America has no Empire, I'll admit that you have abandoned appointed Governors and direct rule, but your influence governs the world in any case, and there are many puppet rulers appointed by your security services to serve your purposes.

But these graves show that the common man, the guy who dreamed of the American dream, were prepared to die fighting oppression and evil.

It's a great pity that having done so, we have allowed the same maggot politicians to infest our governments and lives.

So I salute those brave men, of all nationalities, who obeyed their commands and were slaughtered in senseless combat.

Normandy, France. A total of 9,387 men buried here.
Normandy, France. A total of 9,387 men buried here.
Brookwood, England American Cemetery. A total of 468 men buried here.
Brookwood, England American Cemetery. A total of 468 men buried here.
Luxembourg, Luxembourg. A total of 5,076 men buried here.
Luxembourg, Luxembourg. A total of 5,076 men buried here.

For the record, in WW1 America lost 137,000 men, and in WW2, America lost 495,000 men.

Apologize to no one.

Remind those of the sacrifice and don't confuse arrogance with leadership.

Question any American elected leader who apologizes to Europe and the Middle East that America is "arrogant"!


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    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      8 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      James, when you drive for miles past these graveyards, it brings the reality of what happenned home to us.

      Thanks for you comment.

      John

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you, my Brother, for a wonderful tribute to the fallen. I had not seen these War Graves before. I am moved by them. How gracious of you to publish this piece.

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      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Canadians thank you for the acknowledgement and so do I.

      Brother Dave.

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      dfager 

      8 years ago from Federal Way, Washington

      I served in the US active army, although during a period of peace. I served for an America that I believed in, not for the America we have become. I support our troops abroad. I wish most people living here could see the truth of our current direction but our news gives us sound bites of political opinion instead. He who has the money buys and distributes the news and there's no honest party to vote for.

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      djbraman 

      8 years ago

      Wonderful, informative Hub, we all should pray for our armed men who fight to protect our country and has had the freedom it has because of them. Wonderful photos. This is a star 5 writing!

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      coffeesnob 

      8 years ago

      aguasilver

      you have said well. Very moving hub

    • Enlydia Listener profile image

      Enlydia Listener 

      8 years ago from trailer in the country

      Thankyou...that was well spoken...I like your final thoughts.

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      thevoice 

      8 years ago from carthage ill

      great american hub read thanks

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