A permanent reminder

The village of Margraten, situated in the South of the Netherlands, is home to the country's only American cemetery. Every year hundreds of thousands of men, women and children from the Netherlands and surrounding countries come to visit the graves. They come to honor the American liberators. These 300,000 visitors include hundreds of American veterans and their families, as well as many thousands of nephews and nieces, who want to visit the graves of their uncles slain in battle.

The 8,301 white marble crosses and Stars of David in the beautiful, rolling Limburg countryside are permanent, silent reminders of the horrors of World War II. These 8,301 graves have been adopted by local people out of gratitude for their liberation from the Nazi regime. In this way, Margraten lends an extra dimension to the very close friendship that exists between the United States of America and the Netherlands.