Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

6/4/2007

AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION

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CAMBRIDGE AMERICAN MILITARY CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL
First established on 7 December 1943, these 30.5 acres, donated by the University of Cambridge, were selected as a permanent American Military Cemetery due not only to the scenic grandeur, but also because a large proportion of American casualties occurred in this general area of East Anglia. The cemetery was dedicated on 16 July 1956.

” In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”

The base of the 72-foot flagpole in front of the Visitors’ Building carries an inscription taken from John McCrae’s poem – In Flanders Fields, “…To You From Failing Hands We Throw The Torch – Be Yours To Hold It High.” From a point at the northern edge of the flagpole platform, one notices the headstones are aligned like the spokes of a wheel. The excellent view makes this feature the focal point of the cemetery. for more click here

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