Cambridge American Cemetery And MemorialCurrently Closed
- Address: Madingley Rd, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, United Kingdom
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +44-1954210350
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Memorial, Cemetery, Tourist Center, Architecture
Cambridge American Cemetery And Memorial - Review
As you stand by the flagpole, Stars and Stripes ribboning out in the wind, the first thing that will strike you is the calmness in the air. The second thing that will grab your attention is the overwhelming number of graves that lay before your eyes. The Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, a tribute to the thousands of brave American soldiers that lost their lives on British soil, stands as a testament to the horrors of war and serves as a fitting final resting place for those who perished. Let serenity envelop you as walk past the meticulously maintained grass and survey the Cemetery’s fine architecture and beautiful landscaping.
The Cemetery and Memorial was opened in 1943 and was one out of three temporary American cemeteries in the country. It was the only one to become a permanent fixture on British territory. The men and women who rest here fought in the Battle of the Atlantic and the bombing campaign over Europe while some departed during training exercises. The Memorial’s wall is emblazoned with the name of each identified soldier who rests here, as well as over 5000 other people whose bodies were never recovered, including airmen and sailors.
The cemetery combines art, landscaping and symbolism in order to create an apt tribute to these fallen angels.Its 3,809 headstones are perfectly aligned upon the grass, in neat curving rows, at the head of fan shaped burial plots. Three clear, still pools create a tranquil environment and border the ‘Wall of Missing’. The Memorial Chapel, a 85 feet long, 30 feet wide and 28 feet high structure, contains a beautiful mosaic ceiling and windows meant to depict every American state. Finally, there’s a Visitor’s Centre, which conveys the history behind the cemetery and its residents. Visit this cemetery and pay your respects, the silence is soothing and a refreshing change from the noisiness of the city. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Cambridge itinerary 1 day.
Cambridge American Cemetery And Memorial Information
- All areas accessible to disabled visitors - All key features.
- Guide dogs permitted.
- Toilets for disabled visitors.
How To reach Cambridge American Cemetery And Memorial by Public Transport
- The open top Sightseeing tour bus stops at the cemetery.
- The local number 4 bus stops approximately half a mile from the cemetery.
- On main A1303 road west of Cambridge.
Restaurants Near Cambridge American Cemetery And Memorial
- The Three Horse Shoes (Asian, English, Mediterranean, Fusion)
- Graffiti (European, British)
- Heval Silo Kebab
- Tandoori Palace (Indian)
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Cambridge American Cemetery And Memorial, Cambridge Reviews
Beautiful and well maintained. The cemetery and memorial itself are a fantastic visit. However, the 16:30 taps ceremony was disgraceful. The staff member carrying out said ceremony did not fold the flag and instead elected to screw it into a ball and then lay it on the bench by the visitor centre.
I have visited this place 3 times, twice for Memorial Day ceremonies and been very moved and extremely impressed. The last time was in 2015 when we planned my bucket list trip to Ireland & Scotland around the Memorial Day ceremony. My father was a navigator in the 489th BG and was killed over St Lo, France in July 1944 when I was an infant. When we went there in 2015 I was given the honor of presenting the wreath from the Friends of the 489th BG to be placed at the Wall of the Missing at the end of the ceremony. I had waited many years to see the places in Ireland & Scotland but presenting that wreath was the biggest thrill of that trip. The cemetery is perfectly maintained and manicured and has a new Visitors center. Another thrill was that after finding our seats for the ceremony next to the Wall of the Missing I looked up and saw we were right next to the panel that held Glenn Miller's name. His birth name was Alton Glenn Miller, I knew that and I realized that the Alton G Miller, Major USAAF was actually him. His music meant so much to the men and women serving in WW2 and I grew up hearing the Miller records my father had bought before he was shipped out. Shortly before my father was killed Malor Miller and the USAAF Orchestra/Band gave a concert at Holton Airfield where my father was stationed in exchange for transport to another concert. There is a lot of history here and fascinating, but tragic, personal stories. Check out Lt. Col. Leon Vance, Medal of Honor recipient and Deputy Commander of the 489th BG. Vance AFB in Oklahoma was named for him. Check Google and you will find his story.
South West Herts U3A had a free guided tour yesterday. It was very interesting I think you need the guided tour to learn all about the history etc of the place. Our guide was excellant. What a wonderful place.
Well worth visiting. Knowledgeable and kind staff. A good visitor center. The chapel has an incredible mosaic. The veterans there are well memorialized and cared for.
Excellently maintained cemetery and has got to be one of the most interesting places I've visited for a while AAA