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Editor: Stephen Clowney
Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day: The Normandy American Cemetery


In honor of Memorial Day and the brave men and women who fight in our name, I thought I'd post a little about one PropertyProfs favorite topics: cemeteries.  The picture above comes from The Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.  In addition to Normandy, there are four other cemeteries in France that contain the graves of American soldiers who fought in WWII - Rhone, Lorraine, Epinal, and Brittany. 

Of interest from a property standpoint, these ceremonies are technically American soil. France has granted the United States a perpetual concession to the land, free of any charge or any tax. The Normandy cemetery is currently managed by the American Battle Monuments Commission, an agency of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.  The Commission is the guardian of all America‚Äôs overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials.  It manages sites in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, France, the Philippines, Belgium, Gibraltar, Mariana Islands, Cuba, Morocco, Panama, Tunisia, Mexico, Italy, Netherlands, England, and Luxembourg.  

Steve Clowney

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