Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten

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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. By using our Margraten travel planner, you can arrange your visit to Netherlands American Cemetery and other attractions in Margraten.
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  • We wanted to pay our respect to the liborators of our country. Unfortunately we were not welcome with our 2 small dogs. It was supposed to be disrespectfull. No idea why suppose some of the military....  more
    We wanted to pay our respect to the liborators of our country. Unfortunately we were not welcome with our 2 small dogs. It was supposed to be disrespectfull. No idea why suppose some of the military....  more »
  • We've visited several English and Canadian cemeteries in the Netherlands. This field of honor is for all American soldiers who fought for the liberation of the Netherlands 75 years ago. More than... 
    We've visited several English and Canadian cemeteries in the Netherlands. This field of honor is for all American soldiers who fought for the liberation of the Netherlands 75 years ago. More than...  more »
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  • Went to Margraten to be the first visitor to my uncle buried there. There is a family who adopted his grave in 1944 and have cared for it ever since. I had no idea that graves were adopted. Met this wonderful family there. It was a humbling yet amazing experience. I found myself unable to adequately thank them. Robert Gale
  • An absolutely beautiful cemetery that is the final resting place for over 8,000 Americans from WWII. If you are in this area of the Netherlands, I wholeheartedly recommend that you place the cemetery on your itinerary.

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