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“Immaculate” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial

Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
19 Cambridge Rd | Madingley, Cambridge CB23 7PJ, England
44 1954 210350
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Ranked #1 of 100 Attractions in Cambridge
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
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Owner description: First established on December 7, 1943, this area of 30.5 acres was donated by the University of Cambridge to serve as a permanent Military Cemetery to honor those Americans who gave their lives during World War II.
Kent
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“Immaculate”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Very well appointed, and spectacularly laid out. Interactive video that would take hours to watch, start to finish.
In the midst of building a new visitors centre, ready early 2013, but the temporary building is adequate.

Visited December 2012
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Hitchin Uk
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“Atmospheric and haunting visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

We have so much that we owe to these brave guys and gals, a visit to pay a little homage is the least we can do. Amazing atmosphere but don't go to cheer yourself up.

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Ipswich, Suffolk, England
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“Well worth a visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

There are over 3800 American men and women buried here, along with the names of over 5000 missing from World War Two. Most of the dead were involved in air operations over Europe and Africa in World War Two. There is one airman, Captain Thomas Caldwell, who perished during the first Gulf War and was assigned to the 48 Tactical Fighter Wing.

Every grave has a story, Look for the grave of Emily Harper Rea, who died in April 1945 while travelling in a B-17 at the Isle of Man when the aircraft crashed. Emily had the honour of putting on Major oak leaves on Capt. Glenn Miller, in turn he gave her one of his Captain bars, as is the tradition. Those bars were buried with Emily here at the cemetary.

Here we see the price of freedom every day and the sacrifice made by such brave men and women.

Visited December 2012
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“A moving experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Everyone should visit here at least once in their lifetime. Immaculate and very impressive. A permanent remonder of the folly of war

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“A humbling and moving visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Escaping the hustle and bustle of the centre of Cambridge this is a beautiful cemetary set in the middle of some wonderful views. The sheer scale of the cemetary and the realisation that this is just a small proportion of the men and women who gave their lives during World War Two so that we might have the freedoms that we enjoy today, does take a while to sink in. The memorial wall with over 5,000 names of fallen soldiers whose bodies were never recovered is a humbling experience. The chapel was informative and beautiful, the graves were reminders of all those who had fallen and it was incredibly sad to see so many lives lost. We brought our young daughter along so she can learn about the great sacrifice that was made for us. The visitor centre is currently being constructed so there was a portacabin to visit with some amazing stories of the men who are buried in the cemetary. It is well worth a visit and a solemn place to pay your respects to the fallen soldiers.

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