North Africa American Cemetery
This World War II cemetery in Tunisia contains the graves of more than 2,800 war dead, and nearly 3,725 names on the Walls of the Missing.
The North Africa American Cemetery is located among the ruins of Ancient Carthage, just outside of Tunis.
It's the final resting place for more than 2,800 Americans, most of whom lost their lives in North Africa during World War II.
The North Africa campaign was an early step in the march toward victory.
It opened the way for the liberation of Italy and southern France.
This is the grave of Captain Foy Draper, gold-medal winner in the 1936 Olympics – a reminder that the men and women who served America were her finest.
The cemetery, with its four tree-shaded fountains, is a small oasis in the fierce Tunisian heat.
At the entrance to the cemetery, a sculptural figure called Honor bestows a laurel wreath on the fallen.
Beneath a canopy of trees, Tablets of the Missing bear over 3,700 names.
The texts on mosaic operational maps are in English, Arabic, and French to aid visitor’s understanding.
The chapel is decorated with polished marble and Moroccan cedar.
The open-air portico displays the maps made of ceramic tiles, depicting the African campaigns.
Several times a day, the sound of prayers from a nearby mosque drifts over the headstones… the sounds and sights create a feeling of lasting reverence for those who perished so far from home.