memorial day

Discussion in 'Gun Talk' started by stairman, May 23, 2015.

  1. stairman

    stairman ......

    ramona /ca/usa
    yak and lowe duck hunting skiff but they identify as sportfishing crusiers
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    Just a bit of reflection on the upcoming Memorial Day.
    Hard to keep a dry eye if you think about all those lost.

    Our European presence, 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

    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.

    Last 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.
  2. skipjackrobert

    skipjackrobert I've posted enough I should edit this section

    The OC
    The Constitution or Tomahawk with Stan
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    Thank you....
  3. gved823

    gved823 Member

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    Yes, Thank you.
  4. Fish Sniper

    Fish Sniper Member

    San Dimas,Ca. USA
    Marco Rojas
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    I sure thank you for remembering our fallen Soldiers on far way shores. But it saddens me that right here in well to do neighborhood no one and I mean no one other than me has display the American flag in honor of our fallen, sad, sad, sad. But I guess they have the right, and that's why we fight for with no strings attached.

    Viet Vet...
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  5. titan05

    titan05 Pelagic Terminator

    San Diego North County
    Chelsea Rae
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    My son just got home from Europe (Vicenza) which included his 5th swing through Afghanistan and trust me when I say that this holiday means alot to him and our whole family and the flag flies everyday

    82d Airborne
    75th Ranger
    173d Airborne
    10th Mountain

    Never Forgotten....................Sua Sponte

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