Manila American Cemetery and Memorial

Manila American Cemetery and Memorial

Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
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  • marc
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical, Contemplative, and Immaculate
    It was surprising that not too many people we met knew about this cemetery located in the heart of BCG. Truly a memorable and reflective experience and visit. Seeing all the men and women heroes buried in the heart of Manila. The site was extremely well kept. You walk through the gates, and immediately, within the hustle and bustle of BCG, you feel the solemnity of the place. A must for any "patriotic" visitor!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Nomad592946
    Sacramento, California20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Facility
    I actually visited in November of 2018. It happened to be Veteran’s Day when had the honor of visiting the WW2 American Cemetery in Manila. The staff were great. They flowered my Grandfather’s gravesite and brought me there. I also attended the Veteran’s Day service. I would highly recommend a visit to learn more about the tremendous sacrifice that was made in the South Pacific.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Luz Li
    New Taipei, Taiwan155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All Soldiers Never Die, They Just Fade Awayw
    As for a story lover, this is the place you would like to visit. To feel its breathtaking and beautiful view located in the most primary landscape in the Taguig. This is also one of largest American memorial cemetery outside the USA
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Excursion323242
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    American cemetery and memorial
    Amazing memorial to over 56, 000 american servicemen buried in the Philippines. Visitors center gives a fairly complete history of WWII in the Philippines . The grounds are beautifully maintained . Well worth a few hours during your visit to Manila
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 April 2024
  • Chris K
    Yokosuka, Japan34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    American Cemetery and Memorial visit in Manila, Philippines
    This memorial is actually the largest American War Memorial and Cemetery in the world, larger than the Normandy cemetery, memorializing the Americans who lost their lives in WWII in the Pacific. Beautiful green space in the middle of a busy city, with an interesting memorial and medium size museum. Good for families or just adults.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 July 2024
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lmueller
Houston, TX5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
This is a very moving experience. It truly honors the sacrifices of so many men that died during this horrific war. It overlooks the city and water on a beautiful hillside. The names are all listed. The crosses across the vast expanse evoke the emotion of what indeed happened. All should experience this place.
Written 30 July 2022
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Jen L
Bethesda, MD291 contributions
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Mar 2023 • Friends
The most peaceful place I have found in Manila. Been coming here since my high school days and it has stayed the same. Quiet, peaceful and calm. It gives me solitude and I can feel the fresher air. It is also quite a sight with a very small chapel inside.
Written 22 May 2023
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marc
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023
It was surprising that not too many people we met knew about this cemetery located in the heart of BCG. Truly a memorable and reflective experience and visit. Seeing all the men and women heroes buried in the heart of Manila. The site was extremely well kept. You walk through the gates, and immediately, within the hustle and bustle of BCG, you feel the solemnity of the place. A must for any "patriotic" visitor!
Written 1 August 2023
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Luz Li
New Taipei, Taiwan155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
As for a story lover, this is the place you would like to visit. To feel its breathtaking and beautiful view located in the most primary landscape in the Taguig. This is also one of largest American memorial cemetery outside the USA
Written 12 August 2023
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Thomas C
Nagoya, Japan97 contributions
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Feb 2020
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial is magnificently designed and maintained. It was a great honor to be able to visit this place and pay my respects to the brave men (and women) who are buried here. I was also very impressed with the exhibits in the visitor center. With powerful, searing images, accompanied by clear, hard-hitting descriptions, the exhibits showed the true extent of the horror that was caused, in the Philippines, by World War Two. This is the greatest World War Two monument I have seen.
Written 22 February 2020
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Chris K
Yokosuka, Japan34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Solo
This memorial is actually the largest American War Memorial and Cemetery in the world, larger than the Normandy cemetery, memorializing the Americans who lost their lives in WWII in the Pacific. Beautiful green space in the middle of a busy city, with an interesting memorial and medium size museum. Good for families or just adults.
Written 5 July 2024
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Momto2cuteboys
Oregon City, OR37 contributions
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June 2023 • Family
Absolutely stunning. Be sure you have time to tour the whole cemetery. It’s beautiful, peaceful, well kept, moving. My uncle’s father is buried here and I found his headstone. Was able to FaceTime with him and help him have some closure. ❤️❤️. Wonderful place to honor our fallen soldiers.
Written 24 June 2023
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Excursion323242
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Amazing memorial to over 56, 000 american servicemen buried in the Philippines. Visitors center gives a fairly complete history of WWII in the Philippines . The grounds are beautifully maintained . Well worth a few hours during your visit to Manila
Written 17 April 2024
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Tommy T
Shanghai323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2016 • Solo
I've tried to gather my thoughts about the Manila American Military Cemetery sited on what was once an American military base, Fort McKinley now called Fort Bonifacio. I find it difficult to communicate the consciousness. It made an impression, moved me more than I would have expected. And I had expected it to.

In the first place, it is exceptionally beautiful.

Many American military cemeteries, viz., Golden Gate National Cemetery (San Bruno), the Punchbowl in Honolulu, generally have flat tombstones whereas here (and at Normandy) they are upright Latin crosses (16,933) interspersed with Stars of David (164). Arlington National Cemetery has rounded upright gravestones in the newer sections, religious affiliation indicated on the face but not by the shape of the stone (such is the case for my Dad at Arlington).

I find the upright stone more elegiac, more beautiful, more symbolic perhaps of the arrayed warriors they memorialize. Greek stelae also have this affect on me. You need a heart of stone not to be moved by such stones.

The cemetery plan consists of concentric circles with marbled tombstones emanating outward from a central ring of walls containing names of the missing. These are accompanied by four rooms with ten foot high chronological, mosaic mural maps depicting key campaigns in the Pacific. I found them informative. And overwhelming.

Wandering these halls, I was staggered by the numberless names flowing like waterfalls down the 25' high walls. They just went on. And on...And on. Not realizing the scale, I had told my parked driver that I would return in 10-15 minutes. But I was nearly an hour in with more halls before than behind me. I felt a tug to return but a stronger sense to complete the walk prevailed. Quickening my pace, I suddenly felt disloyal -- glancing seemed cursory, speeding indecent. Can't give an hour to those who gave their lives? Then an ungrateful, unworthy heir of their sacrifice.

I felt a twinge of sadness when I reflected that I was the only person there. So these names go unseen, unvisited most days?

Below one wall lay a lone floral arrangement for a missing airman, pilot "Lt. George Freed, Bombing Squadron 17, Your family loves you. You are not forgotten". I was moved. But then struck. For it then felt as though the tens of thousands of others missing in action, missing flowers, were, unlike Freed...truly forgotten. That forlorn thought haunted, hit, hammered hard, hall after empty hall.

Tropical trees, large mahoganies umbrella luxuriant green lawns with more than 17,000 graves, 28 World War 2 Medal of Honor recipients, 20 cases of two brothers buried side-by-side, 517 brave and loyal Filipino scouts.

Philippine school children often visit, learning a shared history. Largest of all overseas American military cemeteries, there are over 36,000 names of missing-in-action incised inside two memorial hemi-cycles of large walls I noted.

There is a chapel at the 12 o'clock of the innermost circle, flanked by two walkways. Outside and above the entrance a bas relief sculpture of St. George slays the dragon, above this are the ideals for which they fought, Liberty, Justice, Country and Columbia holding a child which symbolizes the hopeful future. Inside features an altar over which suspends a blue glass mosaic of an angelic figure scattering flowers which could be a floral memorial or perhaps the scattered & sacrificed flower of youth? The nation's sons, some of them beautiful. I've seen their terminal photographs, lolling in surf, half-buried in sand on landing beaches strewn with half-sunk landing craft, e.g., Buna Beach, New Guinea (FDR himself authorized release of the photo in Life Magazine to waken a complacent America to the real costs of this terrible war).

It was 3 pm. The bell tower tolled. The chimes ended with a metallic sounding carillon which played "How Great Thou Art." Too much. Too much. It was just too much. For the carillon sounds like a children's toy bell and passing bells are associated with funerals. Anthem for doomed youth.

As I say, at least on my trip, the cemetery was quiet and unvisited. And I thought: these poor boys must keep themselves company. *They could have none better.*

As an American, I wish to thank the kind, decent and wonderful people here who tend the cemetery so lovingly. It only reinforces my kindly feeling toward the proverbially lovely and wonderful people of the Philippines.
Written 6 July 2016
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andyla
Liverpool, UK24 contributions
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this cemetery is about 150 acres of ground . It is part of the . In 1948 the philippine gov allowed the usa to establish a war cemetery.there are buried around 17,200 american and philippine forces that gave their lives in the heroic defence of the philippines and other islands in the south/west pacific .I myself am an english man who was in the armed forces for some time .My main sites for ww2 burials has been france and burma/india thailand etc .But never so much as this cemetery it brings it all home what these people lost their lives for .This cemetery also has battle maps on display of all major battles/offences of wwii.Its a place to go to pay respects ,contemplate and just to take in the end result of the futility of war also a couple of miles away theres the philippine cemetery where old armed forces personnel are buried also ex presidents and government officials and also a memorial to those who lost their lives at bataan and corrigador also at fort santiago theres a memorial for 500 people who where murdered by the japanese these include american and philippines who where starved to death .All these places are worth visiting and viewing just to pay respect for the people alive and dead who fought for the freedom of their country
Written 16 July 2009
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