Exactly 8,301 American soldiers are buried at the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in Margraten. Unknown heroes who, during World War II, gave their lives for our freedom; the freedom of Europe. In 1945, the Dutch government gave the ground on which the cemetery was built in perpetual loan to the United States, out of respect and gratitude. The cemetery is managed by the American Battle Monuments Commission. The Margraten Memorial Center Foundation focuses on the realization of an educational museum concept.

The Foundation for Adopting Graves American Cemetery Margraten offers interested parties the opportunity to adopt the grave of a fallen liberator. A unique phenomenon worldwide. Meanwhile, all 8301 graves have been adopted.

The Foundation United Adopters American War Graves works to keep the memory of the American soldiers who are buried or remembered at various American cemeteries in Europe alive, by means of various projects. With the project The Faces of Margraten, the foundation aims to give a face to as many soldiers as possible.


The Liberation Concert was created in 2006 on the initiative of the municipality of Margraten and is realized with the support of the Province of Limburg, the American Battle Monuments Commission and philharmonie zuidnederland. From 2010 onwards the concert will be continued by Stichting Eerbetoon Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial.

The foundation aims to stimulate, promote, coordinate and perform musical performances at the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in Margraten, as a tribute to and a lasting memory of those who gave their lives at the liberation of Europe during the Second World War, and to carry out everything related or conducive to the aforementioned. The foundation serves a general interest and has no profit motive. This foundation is registered with the tax authorities as a Cultural General Benefit Organization (ANBI).

drs. Th.J.F.M. Bovens, Commissioner to the King in Limburg

T.A. Goedmakers, Vebego International
H. Bouman, Brigade General

Executive Committee:
W.F. de Goeij, chairman
D.A.M. Akkermans, secretary
L.J. Urlings, treasurer
drs. T. Hofstede MBA, board member
mr. M.P.P.F. Groutars, board member

The board of the foundation does not receive any remuneration for its activities, not even through related companies of its directors.
Mailing address:
PO Box 10
6269 ZG Margraten
RSIN / fiscal number: 8222.08.842.B01