In Budapest, Hungary, in 2012, I met by chance a man from Norway on a Danube dinner-cruise. He was about 5 years younger than I. When he learned I was an American, he said to me, "In my opinion, every European should get down on his knees and say a prayer of thanks to America." In that spirit, I offer this story, whose author I do not know, received today from my friend Bill Benoit (Col. William R. Benoit, U.S. Army Aviator. Retired), a distinguished colleague now retired from Plymouth State University, and a veteran of the Vietnam War:
|My father lies here in Bushnell, Florida, with his fellow veterans. R.I.P.|
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.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.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 beautiful concert piece is based upon the original version of taps and was composed by Italian composer Nino Rossi.After you watch the above web site, check out the below.
Our European arrogance, in alphabetical order1. The American Cemetery at Aisne-Marne, France... A total of 22892. The American Cemetery at Ardennes, Belgium... A total of 53293. The American Cemetery at Brittany, France... A total of 44104. Brookwood, England - American Cemetery... A total of 4685. Cambridge, England... A total of 38126. Epinal, France - American Cemetery... A total of 55257. Flanders Field, Belgium... A total of 3688. Florence, Italy... A total of 44029. Henri-Chapelle, Belgium... A total of 799210. Lorraine , France... A total of 10,48911. Luxembourg, Luxembourg... A total of 507612. Meuse-Argonne... A total of 1424613. Netherlands, Netherlands... A total of 830114. Normandy, France... A total of 938715. Oise-Aisne, France... A total of 601216. Rhone, France... A total of 86117. Sicily, Italy... A total of 786118. Somme, France... A total of 184419. St. Mihiel, France... A total of 415320. Suresnes, France... A total of 1541Remind those of our sacrifice and don't confuse arrogance with leadership.The count is 104,366 dead , brave Americans.And we have to watch an American elected leader who apologizes to Europe and the Middle East that our country is "arrogant"!HOW MANY FRENCH, DUTCH, ITALIANS, BELGIANS, ARE BURIED ON OUR SOIL... AFTER DEFENDING US AGAINST OUR ENEMIES?WE DON'T ASK FOR PRAISE...BUT WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO NEED TO APOLOGIZE!Americans, forward it!Non-patriotic, delete it!Most of the protected don't understand it.DO THINK ABOUT THIS.THANK YOU