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Manila American Cemetery and Memorial

Old Lawton Ave., Taguig City, Luzon, Philippines
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Ranked #1 of 17 attractions in Taguig City
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Type: Cemeteries
Description: This monument includes the graves of thousands of Americans who died fighting in the Philippines in World War II.
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Quite an amazing spectacle which reminds us again of the futility and cost of war. To see the headstones of so many, combined with the names of those etched in the walls whose bodies have yet to be found, it's a solemn site, yet it combines it with a beauty, maybe to give us hope.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I had the fortune of visiting and receiving a private tour of this cemetery just a couple of weeks ago, and the experience was TRULY moving! Admittedly, my knowledge of the war in the Pacific is quite limited; however, the memorial does a FANTASTIC job of educating the visitor on the TREMENDOUS sacrifice made by MILLIONS in the defense of... More

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Novato, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I had no way of anticipating the enormous emotional response I would have to walking through the American Cemetery in Manila. Countless thousands of grave markers and tributes to the fallen. I could not help but cry today at what I was walking through and what it represents. Thousands of grave markers as a reminder of the devastating loss of... More

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Mason, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We had been romping through the islands for over two weeks before coming to Manila and I'm glad that we stopped to learn about the history of the islands during WW2. I have a friend who lives in Manila and said that the cemetery is the most beautiful and tranquil place in the city. I agree!! It reminded me of... More

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Oahu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

A somber and peaceful resting place for many of our brave soldiers who never returned home during WWII. There are mosaic maps throughout the memorial that explain the conflict. The cemetery is expansive, but it's the memorial that takes your breath away. Every massive wall is engraved with the names of soldiers whose remains were never found. Many of these... More

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Brea, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

After so many years, we found my grandfather's memorial here at the Manila American cemetery and memorial. My grandmother may have come here in the 1960's had she known it was here. My grandfather went down with his ship on February 11, 1945 and our family had no grave to visit until now. The memorial wall here is sobering. So... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I had no idea the American armed forces were so heavy involved in the Philippines. This place was highly educational, clean and seeing the American flag made me proud. We were with a tour and only stayed 20 min, I could have stayed for hours looking at all the different battles they had reconstructed on the walls. A must see!!!!!!!!!

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Rapid City, South Dakota, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This immaculately maintained cemetery of WWII American military is a fitting tribute to those thousands of Americans and Filipinos who died in WWII. The grass is so perfectly kept that it almost looks artificial. Gravestones are perfectly aligned. The list of thousands of sailors and solders, both American and Filipino's serving with the US military on marble pillars is very... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I'd recently visited the American Cemetery and Memorial Manila on a June Sunday, as part of a city tour itinerary. The American Memorial was our first stop, after passing the Makati CBD and the millionaires houses at Forbes Park. The entry into this immaculately manicured grounds was a very surreal feeling, as if time has stand still and you are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

When I got to assist American Expats, visiting the Philippines for the first time, I was advised that I had to bring them to the Libingan ng mga Bayani or the Manila American Cemetery. I was told that from the Americans' perspective, their ancestors have always fought the war outside of their homeland and having that history, this monument pays... More

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