Photographer's Note

I return to this cemetary everytime the conditions look favourable for the shot I have in mind. It was established on 7 December 1943, the 30.5 acres being donated by the University of Cambridge, were selected as a permanent American Military Cemetery due not only to the scenic grandeur, but also because a large proportion of American casualties occurred in this general area of East Anglia. The cemetery was dedicated on 16 July 1956.
The base of the 72-foot flagpole in front of the Visitors' Building carries an inscription taken from John McCrae's poem - In Flanders Fields, '...To You From Failing Hands We Throw The Torch - Be Yours To Hold It High." From the flagpole platform the headstones are aligned like the spokes of a wheel.
There are 3,812 American War Dead, a large portion were members of the United States Army Air Corps. These Dead, who gave their lives in their country's service came from every state then in the Union, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Other headstones record the names of men who entered the United States armed forces from Canada, Chile, Denmark, England, Greece, Holland, Malta, Norway, Panama, Portugal and Scotland. Twenty-four of the headstones mark the graves of 'Unknowns', whose remains could not be positively identified. Two headstones represent burials of two and three men, respectively, whose names were known, however, their remains could not be separately identified. Bronze tablets, over these graves, record their names. While Stars of David mark the graves of those who professed the Jewish faith, Latin crosses mark all others.
Tech 2 no R25 red filters used in addition to the grad. post production was just channels mixing and crop.

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Additional Photos by Richard Birkett (merpb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 95 N: 343] (2001)
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