Arts, Culture, and Humanities

American War Memorials Overseas, Inc.

  • Wilmington, DE
  • www.uswarmemorials.org

Mission Statement

American War Memorials Overseas works to document, promote, and preserve non-government supported War Memorials honoring Americans outside of the USA to ensure these monuments remain part of local communities forever. War Memorials commemorate our shared past, and overseas war memorials honoring Americans are an important symbol of America's international engagement. American War Memorials Overseas seeks to cooperate with other organizations, at international, national, and local levels, to better safeguard the future of War Memorials honoring Americans overseas in both their social and historical context.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. War Memorial Renovation

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Service Areas

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International

American War Memorials Overseas operates in all areas of the world where Americans are honored on war memorials.

ruling year

2008

Executive Director since 2008

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Ms. Lillian Pfluke

Keywords

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War memorials, military, monuments, American, ceremonies, historical, preservation

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EIN

26-2980531

 Number

8423254739

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Commemorative Events (A84)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

? Record the existence and location of non-government supported war memorials honoring Americans overseas and make this information available to the public. ? Encourage cultural tourism to visit these historical sites. ? Encourage and facilitate local communities to fly the American flag over private war memorials honoring Americans. ? Monitor the condition of these war memorials, and encourage their conservation. ? Provide expert advice to those involved in war memorial projects, and facilitate maintenance projects for sponsoring organizations. ? Work with communities and organizations to encourage local responsibility for war memorials, and to recognize the need to conduct restoration work on these monuments as required. ? Build a greater understanding of war memorial heritage and raise awareness of the issues surrounding war memorial conservation.

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Program 2

War Memorial Renovation

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Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$50,000

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Record the existence and location of non-government supported war memorials honoring Americans overseas and make this information available to the public.
    Encourage cultural tourism to visit these historical sites.
    Encourage and facilitate local communities to fly the American flag over private war memorials honoring Americans.
    Monitor the condition of these war memorials, and encourage their conservation.
    Provide expert advice to those involved in war memorial projects, and facilitate maintenance projects for sponsoring organizations.
    Work with communities and organizations to encourage local responsibility for war memorials, and to recognize the need to conduct restoration work on these monuments as required.
    Build a greater understanding of war memorial heritage and raise awareness of the issues surrounding war memorial conservation.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
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  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
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  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
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  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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Service Areas

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International

American War Memorials Overseas operates in all areas of the world where Americans are honored on war memorials.

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Funding Needs

We are an organization of volunteers and 100% of donated funds go towards our program of documenting, promoting, and preserving war memorials honoring Americans on foreign soil.

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American War Memorials Overseas, Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Lillian Pfluke

BIO

Lillian Pfluke, graduated from West Point in 1980. She spent her Army career as a mechanical engineer running maintenance facilities in Europe and the United States, and developing space and missile defense weapons systems. She then spent ten years working for the American Battle Monuments Commission in Paris. Her decade of experience managing private memorials for the US government convinced her that the only viable solution for their long term preservation is a nonprofit organization.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Sometimes people ask me how I can be so devoted to a mission so centered on death. That question misses the whole point of what we are trying to do when we remember the dead and their sacrifices. Every headstone in a military cemetery, every monument by the side of a road, every plaque honoring a soldier in a small town, every name inscribed on a village monument, all of these don't signify death, but signify what those deaths have accomplished.

Every memorial is a celebration of the freedoms we enjoy, of the mutual sacrifices and struggles endured to achieve those freedoms, and of the great US-European cooperation that continues to this day because of those struggles. Certainly a war monument is a remembrance of the past, but it is also a beacon for the future. It is a reminder for all of us to constantly nourish our ties to other countries and other peoples. It is a way of keeping memories alive, not to dwell on sadness and death, but to think about heroism and sacrifice and freedom.

Are all these monuments worth saving? Absolutely! Every monument has a story to be told and cherished. These heroes died in a terrible struggle, but their memory lives on, and we enjoy the fruits of their sacrifice every day. Our gratitude should include keeping these memories alive by maintaining the monuments as best we can."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Susan Kellet-Forsyth

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