WWII Cemeteries

 

Normandy American Cemetery  |  Normandy, France  9,387 graves

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“The cemetery is located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel. It covers 172 acres, and contains the remains of 9,387 American military dead, most of whom were killed during the invasion of Normandy and ensuing military operations in World War II. Included are graves of Army Air Corps crews shot down over France as early as 1942. Only some of the soldiers who died overseas are buried in the overseas American military cemeteries. When it came time for a permanent burial, the next of kin eligible to make decisions were asked if they wanted their loved ones repatriated for permanent burial in the U.S., or interred at the closest overseas cemetery.”

 

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific  |  Honolulu, Hawaii  |  13,000 graves

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“The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (locally known as Punchbowl) is a cemetery located in Honolulu, Hawaii that serves a memorial to those men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces. Since the cemetery was dedicated on September 2, 1949, approximately 53,000 World War I, World War II, the Korean, and Vietnam veterans and their dependents have been interred”

 

Arlington National Cemetery  |  Arlington, Virginia  |  400,000 graves

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“Arlington National Cemetery performs 27 to 30 funeral services each day. The grounds of Arlington National Cemetery honor those who have served our nation by providing a sense of beauty and peace for our guests. The rolling green hills are dotted with trees that are hundreds of years in age and complement the gardens found throughout the 624 acres of the cemetery. This impressive landscape serves as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest within the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.”

 

Cambridge American Cemetery  |  Cambridge, England  |  3,812 graves & 5,127 names on the Tablets of the Missing

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“The Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial site in England, 30.5 acres in total, was donated by the University of Cambridge. It lies on a slope with the west and south sides framed by woodland. The cemetery contains the remains of 3,812 of our military dead; 5,127 names are recorded on the Tablets of the Missing. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified. Most died in the Battle of the Atlantic or in the strategic air bombardment of northwest Europe.”