For long an affront to our sovereignty, the American Cemetery was verboten to Filipinos when I was growing up. But my girlfriend wanted to test the rules, and so we tried going in on my birthday. And what do you know, they just let us right in. I haven’t been to this place in years and it is still very beautiful. I came for the maps. Gorgeously rendered in mosaic tile, it gives you the story of the Pacific War geographically. It makes you realize how petty war is in the grand scheme of things yet so many have to die for it. 17,097 people are buried here, a fraction of those actually lost in the war on both sides. This really is a memorial of never again, and more people should try to see it.
The American Cemetery is open everyday until 5pm.