This information is excerpted from the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) website as a service to HistoryNet’s readers. For more information on ABMC, visit their website at

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The following information and services are provided without cost to relatives of those interred in or memorialized at ABMC cemeteries and memorials:

  • Name, location and general information about the cemetery or memorial in which they are interested;
  • Plot, row and grave number, or memorialization site;
  • Suggested routes and modes of travel in-country to the cemetery or memorial;
  • General information about accommodations available in the vicinity of the cemeteries and memorials;
  • Letters authorizing fee-free passports for members of the immediate family traveling overseas specifically to visit a grave or memorialization site;
  • Black and white photographs of headstones and sections of the Tablets of the Missing on which the name is engraved;
  • Large color lithographs of the cemeteries and memorials on which photographs of the appropriate headstones or Tablets of the Missing are mounted;
  • Arrangements for floral decoration of grave and memorialization sites and, if possible, a photograph of the decoration in place.