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The memorial building is divided into a large museum area which is entered into through he main doors and a small chapel to the rear of the memorial building. The seals of the War & Navy departments as well as the principal decorations awarded to the armed services are depicted to the sides of and above the main doors.
The main feature of the museum room is the large three dimensional map thirty feet long and eighteen feet high displayed upon the interior of the south facing wall. The map depicts wartime Europe and illustrates principal shipping lanes between the United States and the UK as well as showing many of the principal bombing targets that were attacked by British and United States aircraft from bases in the United Kingdom and Italy.
The windows of the north side wall, facing the graves contain stained glass replicas of the Seals of the States of the Union arranged from left to right in the order that they entered the union.
The walls of the chapel and the ceiling of the memorial building are covered with a large mosaic depicting ghostly aircraft as they fly on one final mission towards the resurrection summoned by the archangel's trumpet. www.madingleyamericancemetery.info
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights. In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. Text by Steve Smith.