U.S. Embassy Funds Drainage Restoration in Corozal Cemetery

U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer, Francisco Perez, Corozal Cemetery ABMC manager, Oliver Villalobos, and National Historic Patrimony Director, Linette Montenegro, on the drainage restoration's groundbreaking ceremony at Corozal Cementery.

Panama City, November 2, 2018. The U.S. Embassy in Panama, together with the National Culture Institute (INAC) and the Corozal-Gatun-Mt. Hope Cemetery Preservation Foundation, celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony of the drainage restoration project at Corozal Cemetery.

The U.S. Embassy, through the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), will invest more than one million dollars on this project. The restauration will develop in different stages during eight months.

The drainage restauration project will contribute in preventing floods not only in the cemetery but also in the community. The works will have a positive impact in the Corozal Cemetery space under U.S. management, as well as on the area under Panamanian administration. The project will also benefit the offices of Panamanian government institutions like INAC and the Ministry of Education, and the Crossroads church and Corozal’s residents.

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The Corozal-Gatun-Mt. Hope Cemetery Preservation Foundation in the All Saints Day traditional ceremony.

“We’re happy to start this restauration project that shows that Panama and the United States work together to keep alive all our shared history. This restauration, besides preserving our two countries’ historic patrimony, will prevent floods in the community”, pointed out the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer, Francisco Perez.

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The National Historic Patrimony Director, Linette Montenegro, participates in the groundbreaking ceremony of the drainage restoration at Corozal Cemetery.

The Corozal Cemetery expands over 16 acres and assembles 5,500 graves, from people who died during the Panama Canal construction and American veterans who died in battle from 19th century to our days.