American Cemetery Part 2

The interior of the memorial building is impressive with all the maps, reliefs and depictions of war activity laid out on maps and various works.  I was there several hours and also wandered into the main building where the caretaker’s office is and which also contains quite a bit of information and memorabilia centered around the period.  I quite enjoyed my time and came away with a greater appreciation of all that occurred during this time and the enormous sacrifices those people made.

OK, for anyone interested in specific information regarding the place here it is:

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This place has 3,809 headstones and the remains of 3,812 servicemen. THis includes airmen who died over Europe and sailors from North Atlantic convoys. There is a wall with the name of the missing inscribed on it and includes four representative statues of servicemen, sculpted by American artist Wheeler Williams. Upon this wall are the names of 5,127 missing servicemen, most of whom died in the Battle of the Atlantic or in the strategic air bombardment of northwest Europe. Besides United States Forces there are also 18 members of the British Commonwealth armed services buried there, who were American citizens serving chiefly in the Royal Air Force and Air Transport Auxiliary, besides an officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force and another of the British Royal Armored Corps, whose graves are registered and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

The memorial building is 85 ft long, 30 ft wide and 28 ft high and is comprised of portland stone. The doors are of teak and embellished with relief models of World War II military equipment. The memorial is actually divided up into a large museum room with a small chapel at the far end from the doors. An enormous map on the wall shows schematically the air sorties flown from East Anglia, together with convoys across the North Atlantic and other actions in the war. The wall and roof has a mosaic of angels and ghostly aircraft.

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