Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten

The World War II Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial is a war cemetery which lies in the village of Margraten 10km east of Maastricht, in the most southern part of the Netherlands. It is administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission.
The cemetery site has a rich historical background, lying near the famous Cologne-Boulogne highway, originally built by the Romans and used by Julius Caesar during his campaign in that area. The highway was also used by Charlemagne, Charles V, Napoleon, and Kaiser Wilhelm II. In May 1940, Hitler's legions advanced over the route of the old Roman highway, overwhelming the Low Countries. In September 1944, German troops once more used the highway for the withdrawal from the countries occupied for four years.
The tall memorial tower can be seen before reaching the cemetery which covers 65.5acre. From the cemetery entrance the visitor approaches through the Court of Honor with its pool reflecting the chapel tower. The visitors' building is on the right and the museum with its three engraved operations maps describing the achievements of the American Armed Forces in the area during World War II is on the left. At the base of the tower facing the reflecting pool is a statue representing the grieving mother of her lost son.
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  • Beautifully set in Limburg region of Netherlands. Celebrating liberation of Netherlands. I will always hold in my heart! The sacrifices of the soldiers there.  more »
  • We visited this cemetery early on a beautiful Sunday morning. This is the only American military cemetery in the Netherlands. The grounds are meticulously cared for. Our guide (I think her name was Mi...  more »
  • “New life from war’s destruction proclaims man’s immortality and hope for peace” Eight thousand two hundred and ninety one Americans found their final rest at this serene spot in the Netherlands. One thousand seven hundred and twenty two others are recorded missing from the period leading up to September 1944 when Germans troops used the nearby highway to withdraw from countries occupied for the four years leading up to that point. It is beyond touching to walk amongst my fellow veterans, myself about to return to a land they will never see again. Standing among visitors as the only English speaker in earshot it is humbling to see the appreciation shown for the memories of an allied force with no one knowing I’m the lone American and it’s my country they are respecting.
  • One of the most intensive experience of my life ! Fallen but not forgotten! #respectyourheroes Well kept by the Dutch government! A must see for all of us , do not let this happened again!
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