The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), established by the Congress in 1923, is an agency of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.
The Commission-guardian of America’s overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials-honors the service, achievements and sacrifice of United States Armed Forces.
The Commission’s commemorative mission includes:
- Designing, constructing, operating and maintaining permanent American cemeteries in foreign countries.
- Establishing and maintaining U.S. military memorials, monuments and markers where American armed forces have served overseas since April 6, 1917, and within the U.S. when directed by public law.
- Controlling the design and construction of permanent U.S. military monuments and markers by other U.S. citizens and organizations, both public and private, and encouraging their maintenance.