Why is this? I don't know for sure, but I am willing to speculate. Look at the list of casualties as listed by Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I_casualties France lost 1,397,800 of her young men. That's 4.29% of her total population. Germany lost 2,050,897 or 3.82% of her young men. The UK lost 885,138 or 2.19%. The numbers are absolutely staggering. I am always astounded reading accounts of the generals who so blatantly threw away the lives of their men to gain a hundred feet of useless ground. Almost 10 million people lost their lives in that incredibly stupid war. By contrast, the United States, which came into the war late and tipped the balance over to the Allied side, lost 116,708 soldiers, or a percentage rate of 0.16.
I don't mean to diminish the losses of my countrymen, or diminish the effect we had on the outcome of the war, but our losses were minuscule in comparison. There are no doubt monuments to WWI soldiers somewhere in the US, in fact I think I've seen them in larger towns. But, make no mistake, there are no monuments in every little town all across the country with names of the dead. No doubt because only 0.16% of the population perished in that war; very few American towns lost anyone at all. What a contrast to these three tiny towns in southern France.