Timberwolves Europe 2013, Margraten NL and Henri-Chapelle BE American Military Cemeteries. 6 May. Part III.

[Categories: TRAVEL, PHOTOGRAPHY, EUROPE, WWII]

(See previous posts for what this tour is about.) (As always, click on photos to enlarge or play movie.)

Sunday afternoon 6 May we pay our respects at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery.

There are 7,992 American soldiers buried here.

We are greeted and have a wreath-laying ceremony.

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Nathalie, Janine, and Jacques Vandenbroucke, Nancy, and I have a small ceremony at my Uncle John’s gravesite. Nathalie is adopting it and will place flowers there on ceremonious occasions throughout the year. Many local families do this to honor the veterans. To me this is an incredible honor for my Uncle John and my living family. My Uncle John was my mother’s brother. He was killed in action 5 March 1945, about 10 1/2 months before I was born. He was 24 years old and had a wife and child. I was named John in his memory.

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The day finishes at Aachen Cathedral, started around 800 A.D. and containing the remains of the great king Charlemagne, d. 814.

Enjoy.

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