Stichting Verenigde Adoptanten Amerikaanse Oorlogsgraven
Foundation United Adopters American War Graves
Welcome on the Adoptiegraven.nl homepage, website of the Stichting Verenigde Adoptanten Amerikaanse Oorlogsgraven (Foundation United Adopters American War Graves) in the Netherlands, which was founded in July 2011.
The foundation is a collective of Belgian and Dutch adopters of American WWII soldiers' graves at American War Cemeteries in Belgium and the Netherlands, whose primarily aim it is to give a face to each of these soldiers, hoping to keep alive the memory to these men and women in honor of the sacrifices for our freedom. The foundation aims to achieve this goal by extensively conducting research to all soldiers buried at the American War Cemeteries Ardennes, Henri-Chapelle, and Netherlands (Margraten). All available information and photos will be accessible through our online Fields of Honor - Database. Other than that, this foundation aims to achieve its goal through the project The Faces of Margraten. Of course, you will be able to find more information on our Foundation and our projects on this website.
We also aim to help other adopters and relatives in their research Therefore, you will find on our website various tips on where to find and request information on American soldiers who served in World War Two and who gave their lives for freedom. Some of these tips can be found in the "Research" section on this website; others can be found on our forum. It is also in our forums that you are able to ask for help yourself. On this website, we, moreover, offer some information for the various Adopt-A-Grave programs that exist throught Europe. However, it is important to note that we do not maintain any of the programs ourselves. To learn more about the organizations that maintains these programs, please visit the Adopting A Grave section of this website.
Please note that this is not the website of the Foundation for Adopting Graves American Cemetery Margraten, which maintains the Adopt-A-Grave program for the American War Cemetery Netherlands in Margraten. To go to their website, please click here.
On our forum it is possible to show how your research to 'your' soldier develops and to request help in your research. Other than that, the forum is also a place where other adopters meet and discuss various topics. Moreover, you can also download letters and forms from our forums, which you can use to request information in the United States.
Especially for non-Dutch speaking members, we have set up two forums in our English section. We hope to welcome you there! Please click here to go to the forums.
The Fields of Honor - Database (formerly known as the Adoptiegraven-Database) is a website maintained by our foundation. On this website information about thousands of soldiers who have been buried or commemorated at the American War Cemeteries Ardennes, Henri-Chapelle and Netherlands can be found. Many other years of research will have to be done before every soldier that has been buried or commemorated at one of the above listed cemeteries will be added to this database. Click here to visit the database.
In our shop, we sell products which will help you with your research to the soldier whose grave you taking care of or products related to our foundation's mission. Whenever you buy something in our shop, you will support our foundation. At the moment, we only ship to Europe and North America. Click here to go to our Shop.
The foundation's most important mission is to do research to the approximately 24,000 American soldiers who died in World War Two and were buried in or are listed as missing at the American War Cemeteries Ardennes and Henri-Chapelle in Belgium, and the American War Cemetery in Margraten, the Netherlands. All this information is added to the online Fields of Honor - Database, which is maintained by this foundation. So far, information about approximately 19,000 Amerian soldiers has already been added to this database.