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American War Cemetery, Margraten (The Netherlands)

Feeling the ghosts walking with us as we were walking the grounds we took some photos.
This is an overview of the pictures I took. I added some of Lex' pics he took of me
while thinking about war & peace and life & death ( http://www.lexhulscher.com )

The area comprising the American military cemetery in Margraten - somewhat more than 26 hectares of land formerly used for agricultural purposes -
was liberated on 13 September 1944 by units of the 30th Infantry Division from the First American Army
during their push to the Ruhr in the German Ruhr region.
This cemetery was one of the first in which American soldiers who fell in action in Germany were buried.
The Ninth American Army opened the cemetery for use on 10 November 1944.
The Dutch government had previously taken possession of the ground and made it available for this purpose in perpetuity.
The 8301 gravestones - bearing a Star of David for members of the Jewish faith and a Latin cross for all the others -
are arranged in parallel curves. Most of the 8302 fallen soldiers - who came from every state in the USA,
the District of Columbia, Britain, Canada and Mexico - gave their lives during the airborne and ground-based operations
carried out to liberate the eastern part of the Netherlands, during the push through Germany
across the Ruhr and the Rhine, and in the air battles over these areas.
About 43% of these soldiers, who were originally temporarily buried either here or at other cemeteries in the area,
have found their final resting place in Margraten.
In no fewer than 40 instances, two brothers were buried side by side, and one gravestone marks the shared gravesite of two unknown soldiers.
The identity of 106 fallen soldiers could not be determined with any degree of certainty.
http://www.margraten.nl/margraten?waxtrapp=tbzDsHkoOloOnHAiFbE&taal=english
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