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Nobody deserves to be forgotten

Both 2019 and 2020 will be remarkable years. During these years, people from all over the world will commemorate and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The end of the war in the Netherlands came closer when U.S. soldiers crossed the border near the town of Mesch on September 12, 1944, which became the first town to be liberated. However, it would take until May 5, 1945 before the country was fully liberated. And that liberation came at a heavy price for those who fought for it. That is why we will say thank you to our American liberators who have been buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in the town of Margraten. We pay tribute to them by decorating their graves and names on the Walls of the Missing with a photo in 2021. Join us in our quest for the missing faces and help to remember to those who sacrificed their all for our freedom.


More support for The Faces of Margraten

The Stichting Verenigde Adoptanten Amerikaanse Oorlogsgraven (The Foundation United Adopters American War Graves), which organizes The Faces of Margraten project, is excited to announce that three new partners have announced their support for the project. The Stichting Elisabeth Strouven and the Stichting Kanunnik Salden Nieuwenhof have announced a funding grant in support of the efforts to decorate the graves and names on the Walls of the Missing of the 10,023 U.S. soldiers buried in or memorialized at the Netherlands American War Cemetery and Memorial. Communication consultant Esther Saris of Est.21 sponsors the project by voluntarily offering her expertise to work on the communication strategy of the project.

The Stichting Elisabeth Strouven supports a wide variety of social and cultural projects in Maastricht and the surrounding region that enhance the welfare and quality of society. Similarily, Stichting Kanunnik Salden Nieuwenhof supports social and cultural projects that lead to a better society. Esther Saris has a long-time career in communications and has formerly worked for the Bonnefantenmuseum and the municipality of Maastricht.

The province of Limburg, the municipality of Eijsden-Margraten, the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, the Netherlands, and Rabobank Centraal Zuid-Limburg are other partners of The Faces of Margraten project.

The Faces of Margraten projects aims to give a face to as many of the American soldiers buried or memorialized at the Margraten Cemetery as possibile, by decorating their graves or names on the Walls of the Missing with a personal photo from May 2-5, 2015. We encourage everyone who has a personal photo of a soldier buried or memorialized in Margraten to submit this photo through the website to contribute to this unique tribute in this way.

The project The Faces of Margraten is initiated by the Stichting Verenigde Adoptanten Amerikaanse Oorlogsgraven, a Dutch non-profit organization that consists of the Dutch and Belgian adopters of American war graves at American War Cemeteries in the Netherlands and Belgium. In particular, the foundation conducts research to the men and women buried there. The foundation does, however, not maintain any of the "Adopt-A-Grave" programs that exist for various overseas American cemeteries. In case of the Margraten Cemetery, this program is maintained by the Stichting Adoptie Graven Amerikaanse Begraafplaats Margraten (Foundation Adoption Graves American Cemetery Margraten).




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!