Thursday, April 19, 2012

Manila American Cemetery and Memorial

I have always wanted to go to the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Taguig City to find my grandpa's grave... just kidding. There is not a drop of me that's American (though I found some Filipino names on the Hemicycle). I just wanted to take photos of the crosses, really.

According to the American Battle Monuments Commission website, the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial contains more than 17,000 graves, the largest number of graves of military dead of the Second World War. You can find more information by downloading the booklet here.

Quick info in numbers:
  • 17,097 headstones consisting of 16,933 crosses and 164 Stars of David.
  • 36,286 missing in action
  • 29 medal of honor recipients

The graves

The Memorial

Wall of Missing

The Maps
There are 25 maps portraying important campaigns in the Pacific during WWII.

The Chapel
The sculpture represents St George with the ideals for which he fought
(liberty, justice, country) and a child symbolizing the future.

Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
McKinley Road,
Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila

Open daily 9AM to 5PM
Except January 1 and December 25

If you plan to visit, please come in decent clothes. No jogging/exercise attire. According to a friend, although not in the rules, better not wear slippers especially if you're coming in on foot.

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