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FCS 1840 2The Faces of Margraten took place for the second time from May 1-5, 2016. The photos of about 4,060 soldiers who have been either buried in or memorialized at the Netherlands American War Cemetery and Memorial in Margraten, the Netherlands were on display during these five days. This meant that approximately 800 additional photos were on display in comparison to the 2015 tribute. About 22,500 people paid their respects during the 2016 tribute. Together with us they embraced our freedom! On the pages below you will be able to find more information about the 2016 tribute in case you were not able to attend or when you just simply want to relive the 2016 tribute.

Photos and videos

Were you not able to visit The Faces of Margraten tribute? We have collected 30 pictures for you that will give you an impression of the 2016 tribute. An impression of this tribute would not be complete without covering our Embracing freedom campaign. Hundreds of visitors shared with us what freedom means to them and embraced that freedom on camera. You will find the photos and videos that were part of this campaign on this page as well.

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Program booklet

Volunteers handed out a program booklet to the visitors of the tribute. The booklet offers information about both the tribute and the cemetery. Although most of the information is in Dutch, an English summary can be found in the back of the booklet. You can read the booklet directly on our website, but it also is possible to download a copy of the booklet that you can share with others.

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Program May 1-5, 2016: Embracing Freedom

Who were the men and women who liberated us more than 70 years ago? During The Faces of Margraten tribute you will finally have the opportunity to meet our liberators when the personal photos of about 4,060 of them are on display next to their graves and the Walls of the Missing. The photos show us the faces of the people who became victims of war: the often young soldiers and their loved-ones. We honor them during this tribute and we will reflect upon our freedom in our contemporary world.

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Would you like to contribute to keeping the memory alive? By donating just 12.50 dollars, you will enable us to give a face to one soldier. You can directly donate 12.50 dollars via your credit card or PayPal by clicking the button below. Click here if you want to read more or donate another amount. Thank you for your support!