….my Dad, a World War Two vet, especially this Memorial Day.
Down here at “Undisclosed Location”, aka “Amity”, our quiet little spot is invaded by the “summer people.” All of a sudden, you have to run and close your house windows for the visitors who insist on stinking up the air with their fire pits. It’s in the 70’s and they need a fire? We all have to suffer because they need a fire. To add insult to injury, there’s the visitors who I will kindly term as being 4 crayons short of an 8 Pack. They get the wettest, greenest sticks and try to burn them. When they do get some degree of success, the stench really is bad. Thus starts the unofficial start of summer.
How sad the true meaning of Memorial Day is lost to most people. Here’s to all who gave all, those who served and those currently serving.
You are the best! Thank you for your service.
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I hope you take comfort in this:
Thanks for your kind words,my friend. I am proud of my Dad and his time in the Navy, and know he is at peace!
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My answer in itself is true and heartfelt.
What I want to add is this:
Stichting Adoptie Graven Amerikaanse Begraafplaats Margraten
American Military Cemetery in Margraten, Province Limburg, the Netherlands.
They are not forgotten.
At this point in time all graves are adopted, all on the wall of the missing too.
There is a waiting list for those interested to adopt.
These adopters are from all walks of life. Young and old.
Those families that pass the adopted GI to the second or third generation.
The original idea to adopt graves of the American liberators came up in February of 1945.
To this effect the “Burger Comité Margraten” (Citizens Committee Margraten) was formed. The committee’s goal was to support the set-up of the American Cemetery with an extensive adoption campaign.
The adopters were supposed to regularly visit the adopted grave and, in case this was appreciated, keep in touch with the next of kin in the U.S.
The campaign gained massive support. At the first Memorial Day in 1945 every grave was decorated with flowers.
At the second Memorial Day one year later all graves (at the time an incredible amount of 18,764) had been adopted.
The people behind the foundation:
The “Citizens Committee Margraten” is partially responsible for the correspondence that developed between the adopters and the descendants of the fallen soldiers.
It often resulted in connections and friendships that have survived to this day.
Due to the ageing of the members of the Citizens Committee and to the arrival of new means of information and communications, the committee’s work was taken over by the specially formed “Foundation for Adopting Graves at the American Cemetery in Margraten”.