Millers tour World War I battlefields, cemeteries in France

Ridgefield residents Keith and Karen Miller spent Armistice Day in France visiting the battlefields and cemeteries of World War I. They attended the largest American cemetery outside the US, the Meuse Argonne Cemetery, on Nov 11. About 150 people attended the Armistice day 100th year ceremony at Meuse Argonne, Miller said.

The Ridgefield couple also visited Compiegne, where the Armistice was signed; Villers Bretonneux, where the Australians stopped the Germans; the American Somme Cemetery at Bony; Henry Gunther’s memorial, the last American killed in battle; Verdun, where the Meuse Argonne Cemetery and battlefield is located; Mont Blanc; the American Cemetery at Oise Aisne; Chateau Thierry and Belleau Wood.    

“George Besse provided us pictures of William Cumming who died of pneumonia and is buried with 14,000 other Americans in the Meuse Argonne Cemetery, and Everett Seymour who was killed in battle near Meurcy Farm which sits beside the Oise-Aisne Cemetery,” Miller said.  

The American Legion Post is named after Seymour.  

“We put their pictures on their graves as Ridgefield remembrances,” Miller said. “Very few of the graves were marked, so we were honored to remember Ridgefield’s fallen….

“At the Meuse Argonne Cemetery someone planted 14,000 American and French flags beside each gravestone. There were no flags at the Oise-Aisne cemetery, beside the small American flag we brought for Everett.”