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Ten random things: June 6

Ten war memorials overseen by the American Battle Monuments Commision:

  1. Kemmel American Monument, Ypres, Belgium
    Kemmel American Monument, Ypres, Belgium
     
  2. Tours American Monument, Tours, France
    Tours American Monument, Tours, France
     
  3. East Coast Memorial, New York
    East Coast Memorial, New York
     
  4. Santiago Surrender Tree, Santiago, Cuba
    Santiago Surrender Tree, Santiago, Cuba
     
  5. Cantigny American Monument, Cantigny, France
    Cantigny American Monument, Cantigny, France
     
  6. Pointe du Hoc Ranger Memorial, Omaha Beach, France
    Pointe du Hoc Ranger Memorial, Omaha Beach, France
     
  7. Belleau Wood, Belleau, France
    Belleau Wood, Belleau, France
     
  8. Montsec American Memorial, Montsec, France
    Montsec American Memorial, Montsec, France
     
  9. West Coast Memorial, San Francisco
    West Coast Memorial, San Francisco
     
  10. Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu
    Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu
     

I wonder who is responsible for the maintenance of the Santiago Surrender Tree site? (The tree is no longer there, incidentally, but plaques and a cannon mark the spot at which it stood.) The ABMC is an independent agency of the U.S. government, and one would think the absence of diplomatic relations with and the strict regulation of travel to Cuba would make it difficult for the ABMC to maintain the site themselves or even to arrange for its maintenance by the locals.

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