Created in September 1944 by the American army, the Henri Chapelle American Cemetery is the resting place of 7,992 American soldiers. More than 450 soldiers are listed as missing. Located in Hombourg, in the commune of Plombières, it covers an area of over 56 acres.
It is a place of remembrance for the men who died in combat during the Battle of the Bulge and during the advance of the First Army in the north of France, in Belgium, in the Netherlands, in Luxembourg, and in Germany. It is a unique military cemetery among all the ABMC (American War Memorial Commission) cemeteries. It served as a central identification point for the entire European theater of operations from the last days of the war until 1960.
In the heart of the chapel and the visitors’ room, large wall maps explain the offensives carried out by the Allies during the liberation of Europe. In addition, documentation and an interactive and educational video on the war and its terrible consequences are available to allow the visitor better to understand the history of this place of memory. In summer, explanatory panels on the life of the soldiers are placed on some of the graves, and you can learn more about who they were.
In front of the memorial, on the other side of the road, there is an esplanade. Thus, you can admire a splendid view of the Herve region.