American Battle Monuments Commission Law and Legal Definition

The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) was established by Congress in 1923. This was established in order to commemorate the service, achievements, and sacrifice of the U.S. armed forces where they have served overseas since 1917, and within the U.S. when directed by public law.

The ABMC commemorative mission is reflected in 24 overseas military cemeteries which serve as resting places for almost 125,000 American war dead, on Tablets of the Missing that memorialize more than 94,000 U.S. servicemen and women, and through 25 memorials, monuments and markers.