Did You Know?

There’s a cemetery in the Netherdands (Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial) consisting of 8,300 US veterans who died in WWII.

Europe Remembers

For the past 70 years, Dutch families have come to the cemetery every Sunday to care for a grave they adopted. Hndreds of people are currently on a waiting list to become caretakers.

 

Each year on the Dutch Memorial Day commemorations take place in the cemetery. In 2005, President George W. Bush became the first American president to visit the cemetery. The following quote is from a speech President Bush gave that day:

On this peaceful May morning we commemorate a great victory for liberty, and the thousands of white marble crosses and Stars of David underscore the terrible price we pay for that victory. For the Americans who rest here, Dutch soil provides a fitting home. It was from a Dutch port that many of our pilgrim fathers first sailed for America. It was a Dutch port that gave the American flag its first gun salute. It was the Dutch who became one of the first foreign nations to recognize the independence of the new United States of America. And when American soldiers returned to this continent to fight for freedom, they were led by a President (Roosevelt) who owed his family name to this great land.

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