I was browsing online for things to see around Cambridge and came across the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial. I decided to go see what it is all about. The Cemetery is located west of Cambridge only about ten minutes away from the city centre. Traveling to the site was not difficult. Parking and admission was free. The visitor office had great information and stories about the people who were laid to rest here. There was also a helpful staff member who was willing to answer any questions.
The Cambridge American Cemetery covers 30.5 acres on land that was donated by the University of Cambridge in 1943. The American Battle Monuments Commission erected this cemetery as one of fourteen American World War II military cemetery memorials on foreign soil. Most of these 3,812 American servicemen and women that were interred at the cemetery were crew members of British-based American aircraft. Others died in the invasions of North Africa and France, in the training areas of the United Kingdom and in the waters of the Atlantic. Another 5,127 names are recorded on the Tablets of the Missing.
It was a stunningly beautiful day and I took my time wondering around the peaceful cemetery. I walked through the cemetery, reflecting pool and chapel. It was pleasant to see the amount of care and respect given by the British to the American service men and women who died long ago.