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American War Memorials Across Britain
Explore the IWM's list of memorials to find memorials in the UK to Americans and the United States
During the latest Bank Holiday weekend in the UK, Memorial Day ceremonies took place at the two American Military Cemeteries in Britain, at Brookwood in Surrey and Madingley in Cambridgeshire. From next week through to July, a number of ceremonies and events will also be taking place across the UK and in Northern France to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. If a ceremony isn't taking place near you, there is another way you can explore your local area's connection to the US and the involvement of American troops in the UK.
The Imperial War Museum has an extensive War Memorial Register which acts as a detailed database for War Memorials across Britain. The Register provides a fascinating insight into just how important the Special Relationship is and has been, particularly during the First and Second World Wars. With the 75th Anniversary of D-Day being marked next week, it's also fascinating to see how many communities across the South of England have dedicated memorials to American troops who lived, trained and eventually disembarked from the UK towards the shores of Normandy.
There are Memorials relating to conflicts including the War of Independence, the War of 1812, the American Civil War, World War One and World War Two. You can also search the Memorial Register for particular names, so if you have a relative that you know was stationed in the UK, a simple name search could tell you if they are commemorated on a particular memorial.
If you're researching American military history in the UK, particularly with the 75th anniversary of D-Day next week and the 75th anniversary of VE day next year, the IWM database is a valuable resource for uncovering the many Transatlantic links that communities in the UK shared.