Friday, September 21, 2012
Preserving American War Memorials Overseas
American War Memorials Overseas, was organized in 2008 to help document, promote, care for, and preserve overseas war memorials and gravesites that honor Americans and that do not receive support from the U.S. government. The Web site includes a database of overseas war memorials, for which they welcome additional entries. They publish a (roughly) quarterly one-page newsletter which includes information about war memorials and short vignettes about Americans who are buried or who died overseas. One feature is their stories about "isolated burials", where only one or a few people are buried in a particular location. There is also an informative FAQ about how war memorials are supported, and a list of resources, including how to maintain headstones and memorials. I'm not sure how much of this might be duplicative of other groups' efforts, but it appears to be a well meaning organization, and the newsletter has interesting stories.