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France - Epinal American Cemetery - December 10, 2017.

Discussion in 'Western Europe 1943 - 1945' started by Alsa.se, Dec 3, 2017.

  1. Alsa.se

    Alsa.se Member

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    For the second time, the US Memory Association (USMGEF) is organizing a vigil of remembrance in honor of all American soldiers who died and were buried in Epinal and those who disappeared, whose names are inscribed on the wall of the disappeared.
    Each cross will be capped with a candle. Each missing person will have a candle near his name.

    At nightfall, thousands of lights will illuminate the cemetery's alleys.

    Schoolchildren will come to sing Christmas songs for the dead and missing. The children will read letters that soldiers sent to their families before dying in December 1944, just before Christmas.

    A ceremony high in emotions.

    Remembrance Ceremony at Epinal American Cemetery | American Battle Monuments Commission

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    Wish I could make it there.
     
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    Eric: best wishes for a successful event. This is a great way in which to honor the men buried there.
     
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    Unfortunately, the ceremony had to be canceled and postponed due to heavy snow and freezing rain.
    Only a wreath laying took place.

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    Pictures taken by a friend of mine (Anne Cascales)
     
  5. Jaap Vermeer MDE

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    When you having photos of the buried soldiers please send them to the Epinal Adoption Foundation.

    Epinal
     
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  6. Alsa.se

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    I'm part of them :)
     
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    I just received my 19th adoption certificate today. I only adopted missing soldiers. I think they do not even have a grave to come and collect ourselves. They also deserve not to be forgotten.
     
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    Bonjour Alsa.are you having from all MIA you adopted their photo's. If not I can probably help you.

    Au voir Jaap
     
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    Well Jaap, unfortunately no ... I have already started my research but with little results yet. Any help would be much appreciated of course.
     
  10. Jaap Vermeer MDE

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    Bonsoir Alsa,

    You can send their names to : beervanvermeer@kpnmail.nl
    If you like I can post them on this forum, so other members are seeing what we are doing.

    Best Jaap
     
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    I receive a copple of years ago an quistion from an American who was looking for information about his uncle and name-sayer.
    I found out were he was crashed and that he is part of the X-Files of Epinal. His name, Cpl Harvey Graham, MIA March 24th 1945,Ops Varsity.

    Jaap
     
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    Thank you Jaap.

    I know this is not the place to publish, but I do not know where else.
    Here is the list of the soldier names I adopted (all but one from the 45th Division) :

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    Thank you once again for any help.

    Eric
     
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  13. Jaap Vermeer MDE

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    Eric,this I found,see Attchment
     

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