June 6, 2017–Today in Dartmouth, England, the American Battle Monuments Commission dedicated its 28th federal monument.
ABMC Commissioner Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, speaking at the dedication ceremony, said, “It has been 73 years since Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy.
“We can never sufficiently thank those who served, and who died, during the Second World War. But today, in lands kept free by the sacrifice of men and women dedicated to that freedom, we come to honor their service and their heroism. Let us resolve to prove worthy of the sacrifice represented by this monument.”
The Commission also unveiled a bronze plaque in the Britannia Royal Naval College, which served as XI Amphibious Force headquarters during the war.
ABMC, a U.S. Federal agency, now maintains 26 American military cemeteries and 29 memorials, monuments and markers worldwide, including two cemeteries in England.
The Dartmouth Monument is the Commission’s only monument in England.