Located in a plateau in Taguig within Metro Manila, this is a resting place of 17,202 American soldiers who have died during the World War II. This contains the largest number of military graves in the Pacific and outside of US soil. A memorial in the center of this circular cemetery was built in honor of the soldiers died in battles in New Guinea and the Philippines.
The cemetery is located within Fort Bonifacio, formerly known as Fort McKinley during the American era. Today a commercial and business district called Bonifacio Global City is growing.
Going there one may opt to take a cab or drive to the cemetery through McKinley Drive from EDSA corner Ayala Avenue in Makati. Or, one may take a bus ride near the Ayala Avenue MRT Station. Upon reaching the gate of the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, a staff will take note of the car plate number. The cemetery is an open park and has no entrance charge.
The front gate of the cemetery is along a round-about and is welcomed by a long center lawn runs straight up to the memorial in the center of the cemetery. A road way runs on both side of the center lawn.
From the gate to the memorial, lines and lines of white crosses run around the big green lawn that is separated only by roadways. Each cross is made of white marble with names of the dead soldiers engraved on them. Some of the other crosses bear no name. These are for the unnamed or unidentified soldiers who died in the war.
The serenity of the wide green lawn lined with white crosses and some big tropical trees is a site that contrasts with the high rise buildings of Global City that are rising beside it.
The central memorial hall is a tall rectangular structure with stone carvings on its façade. Inside it is tiled in blue color with a central mural of a lady holding a bouquet of white flowers. In front of is a wide circular terrace with manicured lawn where flag poles carry American and Philippine flags.
On each side of the memorial hall are two hemicycles with Trani limestone piers that bear the Tablet of the Missing of 36,825 names. These lists the names, ranks, and home state of each person. Names of identified and recovered are marked by rosettes.
Mosaic maps are also located near the main memorial hall that depicts the movements of the American Forces in the Pacific.
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