Located in Margraten (10 km east of Maastricht), and administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission, this war cemetery is a haven of peace.
Very few visitors and bystanders walked today its long aisles and large fields; the harsh cold was dissuasive.
The lawn covered by a thin layer of snow, and the trees stripped of their leaves make this picturesque cemetery a wonderful winter landscape.
The burial area is divided into sixteen plots. Here rest more than 8.000 American soldiers, out of which 8 were awarded the Medal of Honor.
Thousands of marble crosses and Stars of David spread all over the place remind us of the horrors of a war that took too many human lives away.
On the 28th May 2005, President Bush attended a large solemn meeting to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the World War II.
The following quote is from the speech he gave that day:
“[…] For the Americans who rest here, Dutch soil provides a fitting home. It was from a Dutch port that many of our pilgrim fathers first sailed for America. It was a Dutch port that gave the American flag its first gun salute. It was the Dutch who became one of the first foreign nations to recognize the independence of the new United States of America. And when American soldiers returned to this continent to fight for freedom, they were led by President (Roosevelt) who owed his family name to this great land (the Netherlands)”.