Saturday, May 31, 2014

"The Silence."

     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 Andr√© 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.
The Wilson County High School Choral group entertained us on Monday afternoon, May 5th, after the ice cream social. They were an instant hit. They received 2 standing ovations. They sang a variety of songs from the Beetles to Broadway.

Minot Pre-Rally

The deadline to register for the Minot Pre-Rally has passed.  Remember, the campground changed the deadline from July 10 to June 10th.  A ma...