About Us

Luxembourg American Cemetery Lithograph
Luxembourg American Cemetery is the final resting place of more than 5,000 Americans who gave their life in World War II. Photo Credit: Warrick Page/American Battle Monuments Commission.

The American Battle Monuments Commission, established by Congress in 1923, is an agency of the executive branch of the federal government. ABMC — guardian of America’s overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials — honors the service, achievements and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces.


The American Battle Monuments Commission, the preeminent guardian of America’s commemorative military cemeteries and memorials worldwide, honors the achievements of the U.S. armed forces by preserving their legacy of service and by seeking new and innovative ways of reflecting the evolving nature of sacrifice.


ABMC is the premier agency for commemorating and venerating American military service, sacrifice, and achievements, fulfilling the promise of General of the Armies John J. Pershing that “Time will not dim the glory of their deeds.”


  • Honor: We memorialize and commemorate the service of America’s armed forces.

  • Respect: We extol the unique value and individual sacrifice of each service member.

  • Excellence: We dedicate ourselves to being the preeminent standard of excellence for maintaining America’s military cemeteries and memorials.

  • Stewardship: We are responsible guardians of the sacred mission entrusted to our care.

  • Commitment: We are dedicated to professional service to our nation, our allies and partners, our communities, and our workforce.