War and History Fiction posted September 14, 2019

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Adopted American War Graves

by Dutchie

In the South of the Netherlands, in the little village of Margraten, is an Americain cemetery for soldiers located.
It's the last resting place of the American soldiers of WW II which gave their lives to set the Netherlands free.

All graves are adopted by the local people and far beyond. Adopting a war grave or a name in one of the Walls of Missing Persons means that every adopter visits the adopted soldier several times a year.
At this occasion the adopter gives thoughts to the significance of his offer.

One of the visits take place at the annual Memorial Day on the last Sunday of May.
Furthermore flowers are laid on the birthday and dying day of the adopted soldier.
If possible, the adopter keeps in contact with the American next of kin.

For them, the knowledge that somebody takes care of the grave is a great consolation, because they can't often pay the visit. All American soldiers have been adopted at this moment and aspirant adopters are put on a waiting list.

The most important aspect of adoption is the commemoration in gratitude and at the same time the awareness of the
vulnerability of our freedom and democracy. Only if we learn from the past, there will be hope for the future.


I'm so sorry. I know my lay out is not perfect, but I can't change it. The text of my editor is disappeared.. So be aware I can't change anything.

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