Netherlands American Cemetery located in between
Maastricht and Margraten is the only American Cemetery in the country. This is where 8,301
of our fallen troops from World War II lay to rest. But there is one significant thing
that makes this cemetery standout from all others.
We’re the only cemetery in the entire organization, the ABMC, we have 24 cemeteries, where 100
percent of our graves have been adopted by local families. And these families, actually
the entire region feel so grateful still to this day that they adopt the graves and treat
these soldiers as if they are their own family. And adopting one of these graves isn’t as
easy as you would think. There’s a waiting list where several people who have already
signed up before you, just waiting to pay tribute to those who have fallen. And for
those who have already adopted one. They come out two, three, four times a year.
They put flowers on the graves and they make a point of learning and researching as much
as they can about the soldier as possible so they can feel that connection.
They love coming out and taking the time out of their day, just to say “Thank You.” Army
Sergeant Joshua Blair, Netherlands American Cemetery.