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Dutch Remembering Our Troops!

Posted by on Feb 13th, 2014 and filed under Feature, Human Interest, Politics, Publisher's Message, Recognitions. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

dutch 13 year oldBy Dan Samaria
Publisher/GCC
Feb. 13, 2014

I received this from one of our readers that made me so proud to be American. And to know that there are other countries are care about our soilders, even if this President doesn’t.

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 and winter of 1944-45.

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 mined 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 concert piece is based upon the original version of taps and was composed by Italian composer Nino Rossi.

This is must video  that every American should see and pass it on to everyone you know.

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2 Responses for “Dutch Remembering Our Troops!”

  1. dianemn says:

    Wow, that is powerful! Dan, I couldn’t get that video link to work. This story is so beautiful I wanted to see the video too. Thank you for sharing this!

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