Information about American Memorial and Cemetery
American Memorial and Cemetery
The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines is a cemetery honoring the allied servicemen and Americans who fought and died fighting the Japanese forces during World War II. It acts as a repose for those who died in the Pacific theater, which includes New Guinea and Pacific Islands as well.
The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial have the largest number of graves killed during World War II. The 17, 206 graves in the area are maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission. Its headstones are made of marble and form a circular pattern amidst various lush trees and shrubs. There are 23 Medal of Honor recipients buried at the Manila cemetery, which includes Peter Dewey and the five Sullivan Brothers.
How to get there
Located in Taguig City, within the area of Fort Bonifacio, it is easy to visit the area as it’s located between the bounds of the former Fort William McKinley. If you’re coming from Epifanio de los Santos Ave. (EDSA), just continue to McKinley Road. Once you reach Bonifacio Global City (BGC), you’ll be at McKinley Parkway. Another access to the cemetery is by trying the Nichols field route from Manila International Airport.
In order to get inside the cemetery, you have to go the large grassed circle beyond the military sentinel’s post at the junction of Eighth Avenue and Rizal Drive. Once you reach the plaza with a circular fountain, turn right so you can see the Visitor’s Building.
Best time to visit
The cemetery is open to the public from 9 AM. Even though visitors can visit the cemetery daily, it’s only open until 5 PM.