Mardasson Memorial

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The Mardasson Memorial.
U.S. wartime dead are listed in rosters by state engraved in stone panels below headings for the then 48 U.S. States

The Mardasson Memorial is a monument honoring the memory of American soldiers wounded or killed during during World War II's Battle of the Bulge. It is located near Bastogne in the Belgian province of Luxembourg.

The first step towards the memorial was undertaken on July 4, 1946, with the presentation of some earth from the site to U.S. President Harry Truman. Dedication was on on July 16, 1950.

Architect Georges Dedoyard designed a 12 metres (39 ft) tall monument in the shape of a five-pointed American star with 31 metres (102 ft) sides surrounding a 20 metres (66 ft) wide atrium. The inner walls are covered with ten passages carved in stone commemorating the battle, the parapet engraved inside and out with the names of the then 48 U.S. States. Insignia of most participating battalions are shown on the walls, representing the 76,890 killed and wounded during the thwarted December 1944-January 1945 German Watch on the Rhine offensive.[1]

Below the structure a crypt with three altars – one each for Protestant, Catholic and Jewish services – was carved, and decorated with mosaics by French artist Fernand Léger.

The Latin inscription on the memorial stone:

LIBERATORIBVS
AMERICANIS
POPVLVS BELGICVS
MEMOR
IV.VII.MCMXLVI.

translates to "The Belgian people remember their American liberators – 4th July 1946."

Just beyond the memorial is the Bastogne War Museum, which displays World War II artifacts and shows a film of footage shot during the battle.

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Coordinates: 50°0′35″N 5°44′20″E / 50.00972°N 5.73889°E / 50.00972; 5.73889