International Education Opportunities
When: 12 November 2020 at 0800 Washington, DC / 1300 London / 1400 Berlin / 0300 Honolulu / 1600 Doha / 2200 Tokyo.
Title: Preserving American Battle Monuments in the Pacific (1 PDH)
Abstract: “Time will not dim the glory of their deeds, ” GEN Pershing, ABMC's first chairman. The responsibility of maintaining and promoting America's overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials is a solemn task undertaken by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). Established in 1923, the ABMC was made responsible for the construction of monuments honoring the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe. Today, ABMC administers, operates and maintains 26 permanent American burial grounds and 30 separate memorials, monuments and markers on foreign soil. There are 124,000 American war dead interred in these cemeteries, of which 30,973 are from World War I commemorative cemeteries, 92,958 from World War II commemorative cemeteries, and 750 from the Mexican-American War. Additionally, more than 15,000 American veterans and others are interred in the Mexico City National Cemetery, Corozal American Cemetery and Clark Veterans Cemetery. More than 94,000 American servicemen and women who were missing in action, lost, or buried at sea during World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are commemorated by name on stone tablets in ABMC cemeteries and memorials. (Adapted from the www.abmc.gov/about-us/history).
Participants will become familiar with:
- An appreciation of ABMC's mission and its role and responsibilities in constructing, maintaining and operating cemeteries, monuments and memorials around the world.
- Details on ABMC's renewed focus on cemeteries, monuments and memorials in the Philippines and New Zealand.
- A greater appreciation for the respect and honor paid to our brave service members who made the ultimate sacrifice for the defense of our Nation and our freedoms.
Tom Sole, PE, Chief Engineer, American Battle Monuments Commission
James Botzet, PE, Senior Engineering, American Battle Monuments Commission
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