Photographer's Note

The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial is located in Fort Bonifacio, a city within Metro Manila, the National Capital Region of the Philippines.

Some of you may not know, during the WWI and WWII, Manila was an enchanted, charming and beautiful city. Because of its strategic location in the Pacific and rich Natural Resources it posses, Powerhouses (Spain, United Kingdom, United States and Japan) seem to be attracted and conquered the Land.

The Cemetery was built to honor the U.S. personnel killed during World War II and contains the largest number of graves-a total of 17,201, most of whom lost their lives in operations in New Guinea and the Philippines.

Many of the personnel whose remains are interred or represented were killed in New Guinea, or during the Battle of the Philippines (1941-42) or the Allied recapture of the islands.

The headstones are aligned in 11 plots forming a generally circular pattern, set among masses of a wide variety of tropical trees and shrubbery.

The Memorial is maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission. It is the largest site administered by the Commission in the number of graves and of those Missing who names are recorded on the walls of the memorial.

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