Memorial Day 2005 at Lorraine American Cemetery

The cemetery, one hundred and thirteen acres in extent, contains 10,489 American Dead, the largest number in our World War II military cemeteries in Europe. Most of the Dead here were killed while driving the German forces from the fortress city of Metz toward the Siegfried Line and the Rhine River. Initially, there were over 16,000 Americans interred in the St. Avold region, mostly from the U.S. Seventh Army's Infantry and Armored Divisions and its Cavalry Groups. Their headstones are arranged in nine plots in a generally elliptical design extending over the beautiful rolling terrain of eastern Lorraine and culminating in a prominent overlook feature. St. Avold served as a vital communications center for the vast network of enemy defenses guarding the western border of the Third Reich. The memorial, which stands on a plateau to the west of the burial area, contains ceramic operations maps with narratives and service flags. High on its exterior wall is the figure of St. Nabor, a martyred Roman soldier, who overlooks the silent host. On each side of the memorial, and parallel to its front, stretch the Tablets of the Missing on which are inscribed the names of 444 Americans who gave their lives in the service of their country but whose remains were not recovered or identified. The entire area is framed in woodland.

Millie McConnell Cavanaugh, husband Jim, Barbara Francis Kelly and Walt Linne were fortunate to be able to go to St. Avold while on an overseas trip to London and Paris. They attended the Memorial Day ceremonies at Lorraine American Cemetery, and Millie and Barb laid the AWON wreath.

Barbara Francis Kelly and Millie McConnell Cavanaugh present the AWON wreath.


Millie's gift of a wreath on behalf of AWON for all the fathers at Lorriane American Cemetery.


In Their Memory


Thanks for this page to AWON Stateside Coordinator Millie Cavanaugh
who also supplied the photos!