American Cemetery Margraten - Margraten - The Netherlands

Address: Margraten (near Maastricht) (See map)
Telephone: not available

Size of the museum/site: large
Year of visit: 2002

Description: 8301 American dead rest at the Margraten war-cemetery close to the city of Maastricht in the southern most part of The Netherlands. The Margraten cemetery is the only American burial ground in The Netherlands, which is no real wonder as it were mostly British and Canadian forces who operated in this section of Western Europe.

The cemetery has an impressive entrance formed by a wide square ("the Court of Honour") with a tall memorial tower at the end of it. Visitors can climb the tower, which provides a clear view over the huge burial grounds behind the Court of Honour. The walls running along the square are engraved with hundreds of names of American Soldiers who went "missing in action" during operations in the surrounding area.

Ink-blue clouds combined with the wide openness of the entrance square make for a mystique composition.

Giant map showing the attack routes of the western Allies during 1944/45.

The Allied reconquering of Europe is shown on informative panels at the entrance of the cemetery.

Tablets of the Missing, on which the names of 1723 missing Americans resting in unknown graves are recorded.

The statue of the Mourning woman in front of the memorial tower.

Overview of the numerous crosses.

Fallen Jewish soldiers have a Star of David on their gravestone. For them the fight must have had a special dimension as they finally got the chance to fight against the anti-Semitic Nazi oppressors.