AMERICAN WORLD WAR II CEMETERIES
 
CEMETERY PICTURE
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CEMETERY INFORMATION
Name
Nationality
Netherlands American Cemetery
American
Established
Location
November 10th, 1944
Margraten
Cemetery Address
Total graves
Netherlands American Cemetery 6269 NA Margraten
8.302
Memorial
Chapel
Visitors Building

Opening hours
The cemetery is open daily to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm except on December 25 and January 1. It is open on host country holidays.

Description
The Netherlands American Cemetery is situated near the town of Margraten in the province Limburg in The Netherlands. The cemetery occupies 65.5 acres of gently rolling farmland. The site was liberated on September 13th 1944 by troops of the US 30th Infantry Division which were advancing toward the Roer River in Germany. A battlefield cemetery, one of the first to be used for interment of American soldiers who fell on German soil, was established here on November 10th 1944 by the United States 9th Army.

From the entrance gate on the south side of the Maastricht - Aachen highway the approach leads to a grassed oval. There you will find the steps leading to the Court of Honor. That Court of Honor of the Memorial leads to the tower rising 101 feet above the Court of Honor, containing the chapel. Behind the chapel is the burial area. Flanking the entrance to the Court of Honor on the south is the Visitor's Building. On the north side there is the Museum Room where through maps the liberation of Europe is explained. Engraved on the Roman Travertine walls within the museum are three maps embellished with mosaic and bronze and enamel appliques. The large map on the north wall records the military operations from the landings in Normandy until the end of the war.