in Margraten in the southeast of the country near Maastricht, the Netherlands American
Cemetery and Memorial is as intense as it is impressive. The goosebumps came
the moment I turned into the entrance and began to make my way up the long road
to the cemetery, a road that is steeped in history.
road – the Cologne-Boulogne highway – was built by the Romans, used by Julius
Caesar during his campaign in the area, and also by Charlemagne, Charles V,
Napoleon, Kaiser Wilhelm II and later by Hitler to advance and withdraw his
troops from the Low Countries.
cemetery sits on a slight hill with gorgeous views of the surrounding area.
There is a memorial wall with the names of soldiers along with an Operations
Map depicting military operations of the American armed forces. There is also a memorial tower, and a
reflecting pond, which reminded me of the one in Washington DC.
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that took my breath away, that made me feel incredibly sad and incredibly proud
at the same time were the sea white crosses and stars of David representing
those that fought and died during World War 2.
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only American military cemetery in the Netherlands, the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial is beloved by the locals who established a foundation for the adoption of American graves.
graves promise to visit frequently, keep fresh flowers at the grave marker and
attend as many commemorative events as possible.
cemetery is free and open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except December 25 and
January 1 and is well worth the visit.