ABMC Dedicates New Manila American Cemetery Visitor Center

MANILA, Philippines – Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 – The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) today officially opened a new interpretive visitor center at the Manila American Cemetery (MNAC). The Manila Visitor Center is the first in the Pacific and tells the story of the war for the Pacific during World War II.

The dedication also marked the 75th anniversary of the return of Gen. Douglas McArthur to the Philippines and honored American and Filipino sacrifices during the fight for the Pacific in WWII.

American Battle Monuments Commission Dedicates New Manila American Cemetery Visitor Center

MANILA, Philippines and WASHINGTON – Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 – The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) today officially opened a new interpretive visitor center at the Manila American Cemetery (MNAC). The Manila Visitor Center is the first in the Pacific and tells the story of the war for the Pacific during World War II.

The dedication also marked the 75th anniversary of the return of Gen. Douglas McArthur to the Philippines and honored American and Filipino sacrifices during the fight for the Pacific in WWII.

Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission William M. Matz attends 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge events in Bastogne

On December 14, 2019, ABMC Secretary William M. Matz traveled to Bastogne, Belgium.

Secretary Matz had lunch with World War II veterans; visited the Mardasson Monument that ABMC helped clean for this week’s ceremonies; and laid a wreath during a ceremony at the Gen. Patton Memorial. Secretary Matz also visited with Soldiers from the famed 101st Airborne Division, of which he is a veteran. During his engagements, Secretary Matz expressed that for ABMC and our staff, our mission is a sacred duty and the importance of remembering those who served and those who sacrificed.

 

Normandy Visitor Center Re-opens

Just in time for the 75th anniversary of the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy that turned the tide of World War II in Europe, the Visitor Center at Normandy American Cemetery has re-opened. Since its dedication in 2007, the Visitor Center has told the story of the more than 9,380 Americans buried within the cemetery, putting the D-Day landings and follow-on battle in Europe in perspective as one of the greatest military achievements of all time.
 

Are the cemetery grounds American territory?

No, the cemetery grounds are not American territory. However, use of the land is granted to the United States in perpetuity, free of any taxes, fees or any other charges. This is done through a treaty between the United States and the relevant host nation. For example, if there is a crime committed within the boundaries of an ABMC site, host nation law applies and the investigation would be conducted by local police.

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