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Netherland American Cemetery

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bradjan

Ank, I just now went back to your comment. Unless you live in this part of the world, I did not realize that Belguim and Netherlands were united as one nation.

pumpkinhead

A powerful picture, jan.

puzzeljac

I think that wil be about 250 miles, I have been there when I still lived in the west. Jan did you see my comment at your last Assenede puzzle.

bradjan

Thanks for the correction Ank. No mention was noted about the two unknown soldiers. That is quite a drive from Leeuwarden,NL

puzzeljac

Beautiful Jan. Just one small correction. There are 8301 graves, but 8302 militaries. In one grave there are two unknown soldiers. I have been there once. It's very beautiful.

morris186

Very nice puzzle, jan. Thank you for the providing the history of the cemetery.
It was very informative and I learned something new.

pkin38

Awesome thanks Jan

bradjan

The Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial is the only American military cemetery in the Netherlands. The cemetery site has a rich historical background, lying near the famous Cologne-Boulogne highway built by the Romans and used by Caesar during his campaign in that area.
The cemetery's tall memorial tower can be seen before reaching the site, which covers 65.5 acres. From the cemetery entrance visitors are led to the Court of Honor with its pool reflecting the tower. At the base of the tower facing the reflecting pool is a statue representing a mother grieving her lost son.
Within the tower is a chapel. The light fixture in the chapel and the altar candelabra and flower bowl were presented by the government of the Netherlands and by the local provincial administration. Beyond the tower is a burial area divided into 16 plots, where rest 8,301 of our military dead, their headstones set in long curves. A wide, tree-lined mall leads to the flagstaff that crowns the crest.

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