The Faces of Margraten

Every marble headstone and every name on the Wall of the Missing at an ABMC cemetery represents a person who gave the ultimate sacrifice. These people were fathers, mothers, brothers, uncles, sons, and daughters. The Faces of Margraten, an initiative created by a Dutch organization known as the Foundation United Adopters American War Graves, aims to share the faces of those buried or memorialized at the cemetery.

From May 2 through May 5, more than 3,000 photos were placed next to headstones and the Wall of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery. 22-year-old Sebastiaan Vonk, who is the chairman and founder of the organization, shared remarks during the opening ceremony on May 2. During this ceremony, Adam Sterling, Deputy Chief of Mission U.S. Embassy, and Ger Koopmans, Deputy Governor of the Province of Limburg, also delivered remarks.

Thousands of visitors have visited the cemetery in the past few days to see the photos, and honor our fallen.