A Virtual Tribute to WWI Veterans

Centennial anniversary photos of an American cemetery in Belgium

Flanders field chapel (2016) by CyArkCyArk

The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) and CyArk, a not-for-profit that digitally records cultural sites honored the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I by photographing eight military chapels dedicated to the American military in Europe.   

Aef In North Ireland - Yanks In Ulster (1942-02) by David E SchermanLIFE Photo Collection

CyArk used advanced technology to capture the tombstones of brave soldiers at the Flanders Field American Cemetery. The images gathered create a timeless digital collection to honor the Americans who lost their lives liberating Belgium.    

CyArk photographs tombstones at the Flanders Field American Cemetery by CyArkCyArk

They captured every last detail of the tombstones and chapels at the Flanders Field American Cemetery using laser scanning, aerial drone photography, and photogrammetry distance measuring.  

An aerial view of the chapel and surrounding cemetery at the Flanders Field American Cemetery by CyArkCyArk

This commemorative project makes it possible for people to visit this WWI American cemetery in Belgium virtually. Those who can’t physically pay their respects to soldiers who lost their lives during battle can see a digital recreation of the tombstones and surroundings.  

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