Manila American Cemetery and Memorial

Manila American Cemetery and Memorial

The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial is situated on plateau covering 152 acres (615,000 square metres).  This is the largest cemetery in the Pacific dedicated to U.S. Personnel that were killed during World War II.  I found the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial unique, because the headstones are made out of marble and are arranged in eleven symmetric plots that form an enormous circular pattern. 

I also enjoy the pleasant and peaceful surroundings of the tropical trees and shrubbery.  There is also a beautiful chapel that is in the center of the 17,206 graves.  In front, there is a wide terrace that has rooms on each end. 

There are 25 large mosaic maps in the rooms that list the achievements of the United States Armed Forces in the Pacific, India, China, and Burma.  In addition, there are 36,282 names inscribed on rectangular Trani limestone piers.

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