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6,000 American WWII soldiers remembered in the Netherlands now have a face

Published: Saturday, 15 September 2018

The quest for personal photos of the over 10,000 American soldiers who have been either buried in or memorialized at the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial has reached a new milestone. Relatives of Philip A. Pensabene helped to provide a photo of the New York state native. The 19-year-old Pensabene is the 6,000th soldier to whose name a personal photo could be paired. Almost a two-thirds of these World War II soldiers now has a face.

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20,000 visit The Faces of Margraten

Published: Friday, 01 June 2018

20,000 visitors came to Netherlands American Cemetery May 2-6, 2018 to walk the cemetery grounds and experience Faces of Margraten. Organized by Stichting Verenigde Adoptanten Amerikaanse Oorlogsgraven (SVAAO) and its chairman Sebastiaan Vonk, this bi-annual event brings photos of the fallen into the cemetery. Visitors could walk the hallowed grounds and see nearly 6,000 photos of the young men and women who paid the ultimate price in World War II. Through the planning and organization of SVAAO, stands to accommodate the photos were placed next to headstones and the Tablets of the Missing in order to personalize the American sacrifice. “While we here at the cemetery take great pride in our part of hosting this event and are proud to have been part of it, most all of the credit for its success must go to Mr. Sebastiaan Vonk and the foundation,” said Netherlands American Cemetery Superintendent Keith Stadler. “They brought nearly 20,000 people to our cemetery to honor and pay their respects to our soldiers.”

Grandparents and parents brought young children to this event to pass on the importance of America’s role in liberating the Southern Netherlands during the war. “We are humbled by the fact that nearly 20,000 people visited the tribute,” said Vonk “But what matters even more is the conversations that people were having. Listening to families talk about the meaning of war and freedom while walking among the photos. That is what it is all about.”

The event opened with a ceremony on May 2 which included participation from the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Peter Hoekstra, Governor Theo Bovens, Maj. Gen. Carl Alex, Mayor Dieudonné Akkermans, Vonk, and other distinguished guests. A new addition this year included the debut of the Voices of Margraten, a free audio tour, which is available for free download until May 2019. (Search for the Voices of Margraten tour within the app for English speakers. Search Stemmen van Margraten tour within the app for Dutch speakers.) During this five day event, visitors poured into the cemetery, often brining flowers with them. Cemetery staff estimate nearly 4,000 floral bouquets were placed in the cemetery during this time.

The next Faces of Margraten is planned for 2020 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands during World War II. In the meantime, SVAAO will continue to collect more personal photos, hoping to put a face to more than 7,500 Americans in time for the next tribute. The Dutch continue to ensure the American story of loss and sacrifice in World War II is not forgotten.

Learn more about this year's tribute by watching this video report:

Submit photos by April 15

Published: Sunday, 01 April 2018

With just over a month to go until all photos will be again on display during The Faces of Margraten tribute, the deadline for submitting new photos approaches rapidly. To make sure that a photo can be printed in time for the start of the tribute at the beginning of May, photos need to be submitted no later than April 15. Photos submitted after this date can, unfortunately, not be included in this year's tribute.

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Share the story behind the photo

Published: Friday, 16 February 2018

A picture is worth a thousand words. On the other hand, they do not tell the full story. That is why The Faces of Margraten tribute wants to tell more of these stories this upcoming May, as well  as in the years to come. We ask for your help to do so! Do you have a soldier’s story that is worth to tell? Please share it with the tribute. Then we will share the story with the world so others may learn from it and be inspired to do good themselves. And above all, by sharing their stories, these men and women will not be forgotten.

Read more: Share the story behind the photo

5,000th photo found: a face for half of the soldiers

Published: Sunday, 10 September 2017

A face to every name. That is the mission that The Faces of Margraten tribute at the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in Margraten, the Netherlands set itself. The ongoing effort to locate the missing photos has proven itself to be successful. Recently, the 5,000th photo was found. This means that we can now give a face to half of the U.S. soldiers who either have found their final resting place or are memorialized in Margraten. The faces will be on display again from May 2-6, 2018, when the tribute will take place a third time. On September 10, the 5,000th photo was already presented to the cemetery.

Read more: 5,000th photo found: a face for half of the soldiers

Donate

Would you like to contribute to this project? By donating 10 dollars, you will enable us to give one soldier a face. You can donate via PayPal by clicking the button below or click here to read more.

About

The project The Faces of Margraten is a project by the Dutch non-profitorganization Stichting Verenigde Adoptanten Amerikaanse Oorlogsgraven (Foundation United Adopters American War Graves), whose aim it is to remember U.S. soldiers buried in various overseas American cemeteries. For more information please visit www.svaao.nl or visit our Fields of Honor - Database at www.fieldsofhonor-database.com.

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