THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
From today, August 3, public facilities at the Cambridge American Cemetery are being re-opened, and they're free to enter for all visitors. The facilities include the historic Memorial Building and the Visitor Center, which both offer a wealth of educational resources and information for those wishing to find out more about American soldiers of World War Two.
The team at Cambridge American Cemetery explain that "Staff have worked hard over the last few weeks to create a safe and hygienic environment. Having started with a soft opening of the Field of Honor, we wanted to let our neighbors know that the Memorial Building, Visitor Center and, most importantly, the Restrooms, have been re-opened."
A one way system has been introduced at the Cemetery, and visitors will be asked to wear a mask in public buildings. Unfortunately at this time, no animals except Guide Dogs are permitted to enter.
The timing of the full re-opening is particularly significant as 2020 marks 75 years since the end of World War Two. Earlier this year, countries around the world commemorated VE Day (Victory in Europe), whilst commemorations will also take place in August and September to remember the 75th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan). Keep an eye on The American's website this week, and the September-October issue of The American magazine, as Cambridge American Cemetery have written articles for us about the history of the American soldiers who served in the Pacific theater and who are honored at the Cemetery.
In the meantime, as the Cemetery's team say, "while you may not be able to visit the homes of friends and family, why not take advantage of this 30 acre site to meet up, breathe some fresh air and explore the history of those Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II."
More details on visiting Cambridge American Cemetery can be found at www.abmc.gov/Cambridge