About six miles from Maastricht , in the Netherlands , lie buried 8,301 American soldiers who died in “Operation Market Garden” in the battles to liberate Holland in the fall/winter of 1944.
Every one of the men buried in the cemetery, as well as those in the Canadian and British military cemeteries, has been adopted by a Dutch family who mind the grave, decorate it, and keep alive the memory of the soldier they have adopted. It is even the custom to keep a portrait of “their” American soldier in a place of honor in their home.
Annually, on “Liberation Day,” memorial services are held for “the
men who died to liberate Holland .” The day concludes with a concert. The final piece is always “Il Silenzio,” a memorial piece commissioned by the Dutch and first played in 1965 on the 20th anniversary of Holland’s liberation. It has been the concluding piece of the memorial concert ever since.
This year the soloist was a 13-year-old Dutch girl, Melissa Venema, backed by André Rieu and his orchestra (the Royal Orchestra of the Netherlands ). This beautiful concert piece is based upon the original version of taps and was composed by Italian composer Nino Rossi.
After you watch the above web site, check out the below.
Our European arrogance, in alphabetical order:
1. The American Cemetery at Aisne–Marne , France … A total of 2289
2. The American Cemetery at Ardennes , Belgium … A total of 5329
3. The American Cemetery at Brittany, France … A total of 4410
4. Brookwood , England – American Cemetery … A total of 468
5. Cambridge , England … A total of 3812
6. Epinal , France – American Cemetery … A total of 5525
7. Flanders Field , Belgium … A total of 368
8. Florence , Italy … A total of 4402
9. Henri–Chapelle , Belgium … A total of 7992
10. Lorraine , France … A total of 10,489
11. Luxembourg , Luxembourg … A total of 5076
12. Meuse–Argonne… A total of 14,246
13. Netherlands , Netherlands … A total of 8301
14. Normandy , France … A total of 9387
15. Oise–Aisne , France … A total of 6012
16. Rhone , France … A total of 861
17. Sicily , Italy … A total of 7861
18. Somme , France … A total of 1844
19. St. Mihiel , France … A total of 4153
20. Suresnes , France … A total of 1541
Remind those of our sacrifice and don’t confuse arrogance with leadership.
The count is 104,366 dead, brave Americans.
And we have to watch an American elected leader who apologizes to Europe and the Middle East that our country is “arrogant”!
HOW MANY FRENCH, DUTCH, ITALIANS, BELGIANS AND BRITS ARE BURIED ON OUR SOIL… AFTER DEFENDING US AGAINST OUR ENEMIES?
WE DON’T ASK FOR PRAISE…BUT WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO NEED TO APOLOGIZE!