In my semi-irregular cemetery websites posts, this week I chose the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) https://www.abmc.gov. It’s listed as one of the Top 5 Cemetery websites – https://www.familytreemagazine.com/premium/top-cemetery-websites/ although I think they were limiting it to U. S. cemetery websites. You can see links to the different cemeteries managed by ABMC at https://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials. You can also search for names – https://www.abmc.gov/database-search. I chose Michael Shay, died 1944, probably Battle of the Bulge related. He has a Wichita connection. He has a cenotaph (memorial headstone) in Calvary Cemetery, a Roman Catholic cemetery in Wichita – https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/18231185/michael-n-shay. Actual burial on Find-A-Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/97791616. Here’s his ABMC memorial: https://www.abmc.gov/node/377972.
You can download a PDF about the ABMC at https://www.abmc.gov/sites/default/files/publications/EN_997_020_ABMC-Commemorative-Sites-Booklet-MAR2018_508.pdf (25 pages long according to the link).
ABMC About Us page: https://www.abmc.gov/about-us.
The American Battle Monuments Commission, established by Congress in 1923, is an agency of the executive branch of the federal government.
ABMC—guardian of America’s overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials—honors the service, achievements and sacrifice of U.S. Armed Forces.
ABMC’s commemorative mission includes:
- Designing, constructing, operating and maintaining permanent American cemeteries in foreign countries.
- Establishing and maintaining U.S. military memorials, monuments and markers where American armed forces have served overseas since April 6, 1917, and within the United States when directed by public law.
- Controlling the design and construction of permanent U.S. military monuments and markers by other U.S. citizens and organizations, both public and private, and encouraging their maintenance.