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Children of The Netherlands Adopt GI Graves

        It is heartwarming and gratifying to know that our friends in The Netherlands continue to remember the sacrifices Allied soldiers, airmen, and sailors made fighting to free them from Nazi domination.  Children of The Netherlands have the opportunity to adopt a GI grave in Allied cemeteries in their country.  

        A very warm and sincere "Thank You" to all our friends in The Netherlands who participate in this program.  We are sure it gives the relatives of those brave men who live so far away and cannot visit the graves comfort to know that you are giving their fallen sons', husbands', brothers', uncles', fathers', grandfathers', and great-grandfathers' graves your personal attention.

        Here are some pictures and other information about this wonderful program.

        More to follow as we receive additional contributions.


Wesley H at Captain Leonard J. McGee's Grave Margraten.JPG (380462 bytes)

Wesley with Captain Leonard J. McGee's grave.


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Captain Leonard J. McGee's headstone.


Grave Adoption Certificate - Wesley adopts Captain McGee's Grave.jpg (148695 bytes)

Adoption Certificate for Captain McGee's Grave


Wesley H at LTC Robert G Cole's grave Margraten.JPG (310132 bytes)

Wesley with LTC Robert G. Cole's grave.


Here is Wesley's email transmitting the pictures:

"Thank you for your nice mail. I must explain to you that I live in the south of the Netherlands , in the province Limburg, between Belgium and Germany .  The American Cemetery is in Margraten, and it is the only WWII cemetery where people can adopt graves to look after the soldiers who are buried there. We honor them for what they did for our country, At special days as Christmas or Memorial-day we bring flowers. I have another grave, from LTC. Robert G. Cole, who was with the101th airborne, 502nd PIR. And it is much easier to find information of him because he was one of the Band of brothers.

And I just finished the book from “Zig”Borourgs, Tale of the devil, about the 82th airborne. I have been always very interested in WWII, it’s the biggest war ever fought.

If it weren’t for the allied we maybe spoke German today. I hope you can help me a little on Capt. McGee, he deserves to be honoured like the rest of these brave men. I sent some pictures with this mail of Margraten, And thank you very much. [Thank you, Wesley]


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