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“Moving and beautiful”

Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
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Owner description: Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery lies 2 miles northwest of the village Henri-Chapelle, which is 4½ miles northwest of the Welkenraedt exit (7 miles from the German border) on the Aachen-Antwerp autoroute. Welkenraedt
Reviewed 2 April 2014

We visited Henri-Chapelle 10 years ago, and it was one of the highlights of our trip. My grandfather is buried there, and we were able to see his grave. The cemetery officials truly go out of their way to make visits meaningful to family members, so if you have a loved one buried here, do let them know ahead of time that you're coming. The train doesn't go directly into the town of Henri-Chapelle; we had to go from Liege to Welkenraedt, where a cemetery staffer picked us up and drove us the rest of the way. On our return trip, the cemetery superintendent drove us back to the Welkenraedt station (10-15 min.) and we had a nice chat!

Even if you don't have a loved one who rests at Henri-Chapelle, it's worth seeing just for the quiet beauty. If you look at the gravestones one way, you'll see perfectly straight lines. Look from another angle, and you'll see graceful, curving arcs. It's design at its best. I highly recommend a visit to this gorgeous place, away from the hustle and bustle of big European tourist attractions.

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Reviewed 2 April 2014

Impressive, beautiful and somber place. My great uncle is buried there and we had the honor of being able to visit him. The grounds are immaculate/pristine and well cared for. It's a very peaceful resting place for great men like my uncle, who made the ultimate sacrifice for others. Very moving, thought-provoking and touching place.

3  Thank M C
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

At one time, Henri-Chapelle's only rival for the number of WWII American dead it contained was the cemetery at Normandy. Although nearly 3/4 of the original inhabitants have been repatriated, the 7900 crosses remaining are a still-vivid reminder of the American sacrifice to liberate Belgium and France. When one considers that the United States has not lost that many in 13 years and two wars, while those buried at Henri-Chapelle for the most part died in a span of just a few weeks, it takes the breath away.

The cemetery itself is in a striking location, on a ridge from which another American cemetery in Netherlands can be seen. The map room - a common feature among every WWII monument I have visited so far - also contains a self-guided tour and a quiz sheet that keeps kids involved throughout. My two grade-school age children enjoyed trying to find the next grave noted on the tour sheet to hear the special story, and were proud when they found all three Medal-of-Honor recipients still buried on site. The self-guided tour took a little less than an hour, walking through all the sections of the cemetery. The map room is impressive, and worth a good 15-20 minutes, and there is a chapel on site where respects can be paid.

I have wanted to visit ever since I saw a program on Belgian television that was discussing the cemetery and how some Belgians "adopted" graves, to make sure the people buried there would be remembered. For anyone who has not visited one of the overseas American cemeteries managed by the American Battle Monuments Commission, they are worth visiting - each is unique and beautiful - a fitting tribute for those who did not come home.

1  Thank 96Wahoo
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

Every European MUST
Visit & Respect the Graves of the Brave Soldiers whom died for US. This is our LIBERTY because THY fought for freedom and some had NO luck!. Pleace visit Henri Chapelle, adopt a Grave?, you can do a lot of sence. Visit :on FaceBook: jac engels
Or Jasper Van Haren
Etc.. (both work for honering the brave in Belgium, the
And MORE.......

For My sake
i visit with The Children each YEAR: Henri Chappelle and
Make a day trip from it, it's
Kinda of fun BUR EDUACATION for the
Next heneration's: we may never forget the Battle of the Bulge and all Battles in the World.....

Thank Berettafs
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

War is terrible for sure. Ask anyone who's been there in any role at all. Considering this is the final resting place of so many who gave their all, this is both painful and joyful. Beyond that, it's just hard to describe except to say - go see it.

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