The Visitors Centre Exterior
Cambridge American Cemetery visitors building is next to the main entrance to the Cemetery and adjacent to the car park. Disabled parking spaces are provided next to the visitors building area which is accessed via a short path. Toilet facilities for visitors are located to the front of the car park. Toilet facilities are not provided inside the visitors building but are so directly outside of the cemetery.
The Visitor Centre Interior
A book is provided which visitors and relatives may sign as a record of their visit to Madingley and to leave a message.
The visitors building contains a comfortably furnished room with displays relating to the history of Madingley American Cemetery, those buried and the missing who are honoured there.
The Superintendent or one of his staff is on hand to answer visitor's questions, provide information and assist relatives in locating individual graves. A directory is on hand to allow visitors to locate the position of individual grave plots should they wish to do so.
The Cheshunt/Waltham Cross Liberator Incident 1944
On the wall of the visitors building is a bronze tablet dedicated by the residents of Cheshunt and Waltham Cross, to the crew of an American Liberator Bomber who sacrificed themselves in order to avoid the aircraft crashing into the afore mentioned communities.
Next to the visitors building stands the seventy two foot flagpole which is visible form most of the cemetery and proudly flies the American Flag. The base of the flagpole is inscribed with the words:
TO YOU FROM FAILING HANDS
WE THROW THE TORCH.
BE YOURS TO HOLD IT HIGH
The words are taken from John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields"
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep,
though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was a Canadian physician, artist and poet who fought during World War one and acted as a surgeon during the battle of Ypres.