Corozal American Cemetery

More than 5,400 American veterans and others are interred at this cemetery in Panama, which ABMC assumed responsibility for in 1982.

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NARRATOR: Just outside Panama City, Panama is Corozal American Cemetery. Buried here are more than 5,000 American veterans and others who died during the construction and operation of the Panama Canal. Some died from the dreaded Yellow Fever. In 1914, the Canal Commission designated land for use as a cemetery for U.S. remains. The graves contain veterans from the American Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, and most conflicts that followed. A small visitor center displays the history of the cemetery and American involvement in Panama. In addition to honoring members of the U.S. armed forces, the cemetery commemorates the deeds and sacrifices of U.S. civilians who contributed to the security and operations of the Panama Canal. Corozal became a permanent American military cemetery in 1979 when ownership of the canal was transferred to Panama. This memorial overlooking the graves symbolizes the bond between the United States and Panama.