ON-Lion Letter
Many people are aware of the famous American military cemetery at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, site of one of the D-Day landings in 1944.  But few know there are 21 other American military cemeteries in eight different countries memorializing those who were not brought back home after World Wars I and II.  Each of these commemorative places is powerful and unique, and has its own stories to tell.

These cemeteries, created and maintained by the U.S. government through the American Battle Monuments Commission, are permanent memorial sites, built to stand the test of time.  Collectively, they contain the remains of 125,000 Americans.  There are 94,000 more names commemorated on Walls of the Missing.  Dignified and serene, they were created to honor America's fallen, but they are also intended to inspire and teach the living.

Hallowed Grounds is the first major documentary made about these remarkable shrines.  It brings them all to life with stunning visuals and powerful storytelling, weaving elements of a historical documentary with contemporary scenes of the cemeteries.

The hour-long program premiered on PBS on Memorial Day.  It is purchasable, in DVD format, online.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supported the production of Hallowed Grounds.
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