Saturday, May 31, 2014
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 1944-5. 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, 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, composed by Italian composer Nino Rossi 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, the Royal Orchestra of the Netherlands. Watch at this site and go full screen.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Military Veterans Chapter table at INTO Area Rally chapter fair
in Lebanon, TN May 4th, 2014.
One of our 26 vendors giving a cooking demonstration.
Sarah Getto entertained us one evening. WOW!! What a talented young women.