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The Dutch and Their American Cemetary

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Washington Post, May 24, 2015: Americans gave their lives to defeat the Nazis. The Dutch have never forgotten.

    "MARGRATEN, Netherlands — They haven’t forgotten. For 70 years, the Dutch have come to a verdant U.S. cemetery outside this small village to care for the graves of Americans killed in World War II. On Sunday, they came again, bearing Memorial Day bouquets for men and women they never knew, but whose 8,300 headstones the people of the Netherlands have adopted as their own.

    "For the American relatives of the fallen, it was an outpouring of gratitude almost as stunning as the rows of white marble crosses and Jewish Stars of David at the Netherlands American Cemetery. Each grave has been adopted by a Dutch or, in some cases, Belgian or German family, as well as local schools, companies and military organizations. More than 100 people are on a waiting list to become caretakers.""
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    I don't need to add to this except to say dankjewel...

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    That's an amazing show of respect that I wish Americans knew more about. I would love for our media to cover things like this sometimes because it shows there are countless people who are grateful for the ultimate sacrifice a previous generation of Americans gave to try to make this world a better place.

    Everyone on this site knows that I'm adamantly opposed to the wars of choice our leaders have sent our soldiers in to, but I will be forever grateful to the soldiers who have served their country. One thing I always remind my war mongering friends is that rich men start wars, but poor men (and women) fight them.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    jaredsxtn Wrote: That's an amazing show of respect that I wish Americans knew more about. I would love for our media to cover things like this sometimes because it shows there are countless people who are grateful for the ultimate sacrifice a previous generation of Americans gave to try to make this world a better place.

    Everyone on this site knows that I'm adamantly opposed to the wars of choice our leaders have sent our soldiers in to, but I will be forever grateful to the soldiers who have served their country. One thing I always remind my war mongering friends is that rich men start wars, but poor men (and women) fight them.
    Yes both of you are right; however the present US does not represent what they did in WWII ; this country has changed in a total wrong direction.
    Now we are the attackers and invaders because of our arrogance of thinking to be able to dictate the world and make some money by doing so as well have as Jared said have the "poor" do the dirty "robot" work as well make sure the war industry makes enough profit..
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    Schmidt Wrote: Washington Post, May 24, 2015: Americans gave their lives to defeat the Nazis. The Dutch have never forgotten.

    "MARGRATEN, Netherlands — They haven’t forgotten. For 70 years, the Dutch have come to a verdant U.S. cemetery outside this small village to care for the graves of Americans killed in World War II. On Sunday, they came again, bearing Memorial Day bouquets for men and women they never knew, but whose 8,300 headstones the people of the Netherlands have adopted as their own.

    "For the American relatives of the fallen, it was an outpouring of gratitude almost as stunning as the rows of white marble crosses and Jewish Stars of David at the Netherlands American Cemetery. Each grave has been adopted by a Dutch or, in some cases, Belgian or German family, as well as local schools, companies and military organizations. More than 100 people are on a waiting list to become caretakers.""
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    I don't need to add to this except to say dankjewel...

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    This is amazing. I love hearing stories like this