These are pictures from the War Cemetery at Margraten, near Maastricht in the Netherlands.
The tall memorial tower can be seen before reaching the cemetery which covers 65.5 acres (26.5 ha). 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
The walls on either side of the Court of Honor contain the Tablets of the Missing on which are recorded the names of 1,722 American missing who gave their lives in the service of their country and who rest in unknown graves. Beyond the chapel and tower is the burial area which is divided into sixteen plots. Here rest 8,301 American dead, most of whom lost their lives nearby. Their headstones are set in long curves. A wide tree-lined mall leads to the flag staff which crowns the crest
It is because of these men I am free to work and travel in Europe. My life is quite prosperous. If it hadn’t been for these brave souls the life of me and my family would have been different. Even though I was born way after WW2 I am in no doubt that their selfless acts made an major impact on my life. Therefor I salute them.
8301 are buried here each one a son, a husband, a boyfriend, a father but most of all a human being.
This is my ode to them.
Thank you soldier for setting my country free.
You did not want to die but yet you gave your life.
It was for strangers you sacrificed yourself, who weren’t even family.
Your ambitions were cut short never again did you see your wife.
Thank you, young man to liberate my land.
Your youth stolen from you by a violent act of hate.
A picture of a young girl you held in your hand
The blood drenched battlefield sealed both your fate
Thank you proud parents for sending us your son.
The pain you feel is something I will never be able to comprehend
But know this your child did not die in vain, his memory will go on
Even if everyone else forgets, I will remember until my end.
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